The West Indies star batsman, Chris Gayle, has lately withdrawn from the phase 2 of the Indian Premier League 2021 citing “bubble fatigue” and will instead focus on this month’s forthcoming T20 World Cup.
In this IPL season, the big-hitting 42-year old batsman has played a total of 2 out of 3 matches for his team Punjab Kings since phase 2 of the most awaited tournament resumed in the United Arab Emirates last month.
Gayle’s reason behind leaving the team hotel was because of the “bubble fatigue” accumulated over months playing franchise and international cricket during the coronavirus pandemic, PBKS said in a statement.
“I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai,” Chris was quoted as saying in the statement.
On Wednesday, Gayle released the music video of his new single “Punjabi Daddy” with a self-styled “Universe Boss” wearing traditional Indian dress and shaking the leg to catchy tune.
Players in the cricket world have often needed to restrict themselves to strict bio-bubbles because of the corona-virus. It’s difficult to avoid the constraints of your team hotel. Even on non-match days, you’re limited in who can really interact with you outside and it often confines players within those four walls.
There are a few other players who have opted out, with Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and David Warner pulling out of ‘The Hundred’ tournament earlier this year. The IPL has also been hit by many withdrawals, including Josh Hazlewood and Liam Livingstone staying away over some similar reasons.
The head coach of Punjab Kings, Anil Kumble, said the team respected Gayle’s decision and “desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup” starting from October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Chris Gayle has scored 193 runs in 10 matches played in this season at an average of 21.44.