The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League is just about to start. For this mega tournament, a mega auction took place in Bengaluru on 12 and 13 February. There will be a modification in this season as a total of 10 ten teams will participate in IPL. Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans are the new franchises this season. There is no doubt that IPL is the most popular cricket tournament in the world. Apart from a huge viewership, it also pays the cricketers a huge amount of money. Therefore, almost all cricketers dream of playing in IPL. A total of 1214 cricketers, 896 Indians, and 318 overseas players signed for the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Still there are some notable exclusions this year. A few big players are there who are missing from this season of IPL. Some of those names are are Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Sam Curran, Mitchell Starc, and Chris Gayle. With his records and statistics, Chris Gayle is considered as the greatest T20 player of all time. He is also among the best to have ever played in the IPL. However, fans will not witness the Universe Boss in IPL 2022. In this article, we will see the reason why Chris Gayle is not playing in IPL 2022.
Why Chris Gayle is not playing in IPL 2022?
The exclusion of Chris Gayle from IPL is very disappointing for the fans. The reason is that Gayle himself decided to opt-out of the IPL 2022 Mega auction. Gayle was a part of Punjab Kings last year but did not get a regular place in their playing XI. In IPL 2020, he managed to play just seven games. In IPL 2021, he scored just 193 runs in 10 games.
Chris Gayle has been amongst the most popular figures in the IPL since its inception. He has played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings in his IPL career.
Why Chris Gayle did not enter in IPL 2022 Mega Auction?
Gayle has not unveil the exact reason of opting out but it could be because of bio-bubble fatigue. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced cricketers to live in a bio-bubble during a tournament. This has affected player’s mental health as they have to live in an enclosed environment for a long time.
Chris Gayle has scored 4965 IPL runs at an average of 39.72, whereas his S/R has been 148.96. Gayle has 6 centuries and 31 half centuries on his name. He was awarded the orange cap in 2011 and 2012 while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore.