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IPL 2017, RCB v RPS: Chris Gayle dropped again as Shane Watson returns

first_imgChris Gayle has been dropped for the second time in three matches as his quest to achieve 10,000 runs in T20 cricket continues. He currently has 9,997 runs from 289 T20 matches. (RCBvsRPS Live action here)Gayle, who needed just three runs in this match to reach the landmark has been dropped in favour of Shane Watson. He was earlier axed against Kings XI Punjab in favour of the returning of AB de Villiers. However, he replaced Watson in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s previous match versus the Mumbai Indians, which RCB lost by four wickets.The West Indian hasn’t been in good form in this year’s Indian Premier League. He has just scored 60 runs from three matches in this year’s IPL. He needed 25 runs to reach the landmark before the previous match against Mumbai but he fell for 22 to Hardik Pandya, when he nicked one behind to Parthiv Patel.The 37-year-old averages 40.47 and has a strike rate of 149.20. He has scored 18 centuries and 60 fifties with his highest being 175* against the Pune Warriors India back in Indian Premier League 2013.Gayle, who has been out of the West Indies team for a while now, participates in different T20 competitions around the world like the Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League in Australia.Bangalore next play the Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on April 18, where Gayle will hope to reach the milestone.last_img read more