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Gayle is back and it is bad news for other teams, says Rahul 

Mohali, April 16

Kings XI Punjab opener Lokesh Rahul has shot a warning to rival teams in the Indian Premier League: beware of Chris Gayle as he is back to his brutal best.

Gayle, playing his first game of the season, smashed his second fastest IPL fifty, off 22 balls, to lay the foundation for KXIP’s thrilling four-run win over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday night.

“It is amazing news for our team and bad news for the other teams that Chris Gayle is hitting the ball well. We all know he is a player who can win games singlehandedly and demolish attacks on his day and that’s what he did today. We want him and we expect him to continue this form forward,” said Rahul, who himself has been in top form, at the post-match media interaction.

Not so long ago, Gayle went unsold in the auction twice before KXIP picked him up for a base price of Rs 2 crore, the same amount they paid for Yuvraj Singh.

KXIP play their next home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Asked about the plans against Sunrisers, Rahul said, “Every team in the IPL is good, we are going to stick to our plans, we will stick to our strengths, we will see where we can better Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“Our plans are going to be simple whichever team we face and we will go out there and play aggressive cricket.”

About batting first and setting the target for the opposition, he said “if you are batting first as an opener, you give yourselves a couple of overs, see what’s the wicket behaving and then try to assess what a good score on that wicket would be and then you plan accordingly.

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