Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have finally managed to retain Chris Gayle in their squad for the next two seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gayle, who was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three editions of the IPL, joined RCB for the 2011 IPL as a replacement for Dirk Nannes.
He was the recipient of the Orange Cap for being the highest scorer in IPL 2011. He also played for RCB in the CLT20 2011.
“We are delighted to make Chris Gayle a permanent member of our IPL squad,” Sidhartha Mallya, Director, Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, said.
“His form helped us qualify for the final of the 2011 edition of the tournament. We are confident that with players like him in our side, we will take the extra step this season, and win our maiden IPL title.”
“To me, Bangalore has been a home away from home,” Gayle said. “I wanted to continue playing for them, and it turned out that they were keen to retain my services.”
“I look forward to returning to namma Bangalore soon.”
“Chris Gayle is one of those cricketers who was born to excel in all formats of the sport,” Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, commented.
“He was at his destructive best in IPL 2011, and one can safely assume that we will see a lot more fireworks emanate from his blade, in the forthcoming IPL seasons.”