IPL 2022 mega auction: No Chris Gayle for This Year IPL Mega Auction, is this end of an era ?

T20 great ” Universe Boss” Chris Gayle has decided to opt out of the IPL 2022 mega auction to happen in Bengaluru on 12 and 13 February. This time there will be a total of 10 ten teams will be participating in the tournament. Apart from the existing eight teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the new franchises this season.

The deadline to register in the pool closed on January 20th A total of 1,214 players (896 Indian and 318 overseas) have registered to be a part of the mega IPL 2022 auction, the BCCI said in a media statement on Saturday but Gayle’s name missing from the list.

Since 2009 it marked the end of an era as this will be the first time when the legendary West Indies batter will not be part of the tournament.

Gayle has represented the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Punjab Kings (formerly known as King XI Punjab) over the last 14 years.

He made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the 2009 season. In later editions, he single-handedly won many matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In the 2012 season, he piled up a mammoth total of 733 runs at a strike rate of 160. The next year, he took the T20 world by storm with a knock of 175 against Pune Warriors India. his highest score is 175 runs not out which he scored in 2013 season. In the IPL 2018 player auction, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab at a base price of Rs 2 crore.

Gayle is one of the greatest T20 players, if not the best. In the IPL, his record is the best among fellow international players. He has amassed 4965 runs in 142 matches and stands 7th in the all-time highest-scorers list. His tally is the third-highest among overseas players, behind David Warner and AB de Villiers. He has also hit most centuries (6) and sixes (357) in the IPL.

Whatever happens, Gayle is a T20 legend. He has scored 14321 T20 runs at 36.44, with 22 centuries under his belt. He is already 42 years old, and If IPL is never going to see Gayle brace the cricket field again, then it indeed is the end of an era.

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