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Chris Gayle looks to better his own show

BANGALORE: There is no way of knowing the exact deal between Chris Gayle and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who for the record was retained by for US $560,000.

Whatever the nature of the deal and however big it may have been, one thing is for sure – at RCB, the world’s most travelled cricketer in recent times, feels at home.

“It’s good to be back,” started Gayle during a friendly chat with select media on Friday, minutes after he had stretched the huge frame of his at the KSCA Club House gym, this after the usual bashing of the bowlers at the nets at the KSCA B ground.

“The hospitality here is always good and I think I’m most welcome again here,” he said, adding: “I’m looking forward to IPL 5 and hopefully I can have a better tournament than the last one.”

God help the eight other teams in the fray in IPL V should that happen, for last time around, despite coming in as a replacement after RCB had played a handful of matches, Gayle still managed to notch over 600 runs and don the Orange Cap.

Gayle is not one to live in a fool’s world though and realizes the burden of expectations.

“The expectation is high, based on what happened last year. But last year is history and we don’t know what the future holds,’ was his pragmatic view. “I’m not a person to actually predict and say, yes I’m going to better 600 odd runs. We’ll just have to wait and see. The start is going to be crucial. I think there’s more games as well, looking forward to that.”

First he will have to get rid of the niggle that is still hurting him. Having had to abandon the Bangladesh Premier League midway thanks to a groin pull, Gayle has been recovering slowly but as he said ‘surely’ too.

“I still have a bit of a niggle and am doing some work on it. Hopefully in the next couple of days, leading up to the first game, I’ll be ready,” was his wish, one that was echoed by the RCB camp, who moved heaven and earth as also the big man himself in their attempt to retain him.

“Everything went well,” said Gayle of the long-drawn negotiations between him and the RCB bigwigs. “I was looking forward to coming back here, there’s no doubt about it. Eventually things worked out and we’re both happy,” he said.

For all his and the team’s good work, they are yet to win any silverware and Gayle seems determined to set that right.

“It was disappointing (reaching two finals in quick time and losing both – IPL IV and CLT20). But the good thing is we have gained some experience reaching those two finals. If we do reach that stage again, we know what to expect and we can cross the hurdle. Hopefully we’ll get there again and I’m sure we know how to win it this time,” he said.

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