Since the 2009 season, West Indies cricket legend Chris Gayle has been a member of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, during the super auction in February of this year, the iconic IPL hitter went unsold, leaving Gayle out of the league for the first time in his career. The 42-year-old has promised to return to the league next year and has picked two teams for which he wants to win the championship.

Gayle has played for three different IPL teams. He was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009 and scored 463 runs in 16 innings with two half-centuries during his two-year stay. His most notable period was when he was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. He pitched 84 innings for the team, batting 43.3 with a 152.7 strike rate with five centuries and 19 fifties. He was signed up by Punjab Kings for INR 2 crore in 2018, after going unsold twice at the auction. In 41 games, he hit 1339 home runs for the squad.

Gayle went unsold for the 2022 season despite the figures, but he’s not done with the IPL yet. Gayle told The Mirror that he wants to not only return to the league, but also win a big T20 championship that has been lacking from his impressive resume.

“I’ll be back next year; they need me!” In the IPL, I’ve played for three teams: Kolkata, RCB, and Punjab. I would want to win a trophy with one of the two teams, RCB or Punjab. I had a fantastic time at RCB, where I was more successful in the IPL, and Punjab has been excellent. “Let’s see what happens,” he added, adding, “I love to travel and I enjoy difficulties.”