Chris Gayle is a lion who is getting old – Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan feels that Chris Gayle has passed his prime but he needs to score runs with the bat. Irfan Pathan was speaking on Punjab Kings’ performance against the Mumbai Indians. Put into bat, Punjab scored 135/6 in their 20 overs. The left-handed batsman scored just one run and Mumbai won the match by six wickets.

“You expect more from Chris Gayle. I know he is a lion who is probably getting old but you will have to score runs. You don’t have too many options. Nicholas Pooran also performs well in the CPL but he has not been able to convert that talent in the IPL for a little while now,” Pathan said.

“Markram definitely tried to play a good knock but you need that firepower. Hooda also tried but you need more than that. Especially when your backs are against the wall you need to come up with the big punch. Punjab Kings and their batsmen will have to play the big knocks,” he added.

Mayank Agarwal was ruled out of the match due to a neck strain. Pathan further added that Mayank’s absence is a big setback for the team. “It is going to be very difficult. The first thing is that Mayank Agarwal injured his neck but it broke the back of the Punjab Kings batting because he was scoring a lot of runs. His coming back is very much necessary,” Irfan Pathan said.

“Other than him and KL Rahul, no one else is scoring a lot of runs. We did see Hooda scoring 20-30 runs in the middle but that is not good enough. You have to play the good match-winning knocks,” Irfan Pathan concluded.