Dubai, Apr 29: Chris Gayle, who played his first game of the IPL 7 season last night for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kings XI Punjab, has revealed that he was not "100 per cent" fit.
The West Indies' opener had been ruled out of the first four matches this year due to back injury. He returned to the top of the batting order last night but his presence did not result in RCB's victory.
KXIP defated RCB by five wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Gayle hit a 7-ball 20. RCB's batting failed.
"I got some injections and I was not a 100 per cent. I had been batting a lot in the nets but I was a bit rusty, no doubt about it. I was in bed for most of the last few days," Gayle was quoted as saying in the media.
Gayle was bowled by paceman Sandeep Sharma. Before this, the left-hander had hit two fours and two sixes off Glenn Maxwell's over.
Gayle said he wanted to stay aggressive but that did not happen.
"I had been given a bit of a license to try and take it away from ball one but I got carried away," he said.
"I was on the go and I wanted to calm myself. I just wanted to stay aggressive, stay with the momentum but it did not happen today, which was unfortunate," Gayle added.
RCB slumped to their third straight defeat on Monday. They ended their UAE leg of five matches with two wins.
RCB's next match is on May 4 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bangalore.