KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Cricket superstar Chris Gayle will miss a couple of matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after flying out to be with his partner for the birth of his first child, media outlets in India are reporting. Several media outlets have quoted a source close to Gayle’s franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), as confirming that the flamboyant opening batsman left with the team’s blessing. Media reports from Jamaica also quote local sources as saying that Gayle and his partner, Natasha Berridge, are expecting the child to be delivered this week. Gayle, 36, is expected to rejoin RCB on Monday and will be absent for their games against the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants this week. Gayle has not had the best start to the IPL, scoring just one and a duck in the first two matches. “I am confident that Gayle can come up with runs when the team needs it,” said Virat Kohli, the RCB captain. “You can certainly be rest assured that Gayle will come good as the tournament progresses. He would score a century when the team will need it. I am not too worried about Gayle because the other guys are stepping up nicely,” added Kohli. Gayle’s team management has not commented on his departure, but a picture he posted on his Instagram page stated: “I’m on my way Baby.” Gayle is also reported to have thanked Qatar Airways for its services, which included a congratulatory cake.
Indian captain Virat Kohli is buzzing around after the heartbreak of the World Cup. The skipper is once again up and running, bouncing between his gym training sessions and turning up for different endorsements. During all of this, he doesn’t forget to keep all his social media followers extremely interested. It is, hence, no surprise that Kohli is the only cricketer in the Instagram top 10 sporting ‘Rich List’ for 2019 as he takes the ninth spot worldwide.Portugal and Juventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with Brazilian superstar Neymar and Argentina talisman Lionel Messi completing the top three. These results have been produced by HopperHQ.com (an Instagram scheduling tool), and it estimates that the Indian captain charges £158,000 (Rs 1,35,66,749) for every post and that makes him one of the highest-paid athletes on the picture-sharing social media portal.At the time of writing this article, Virat Kohli had 36 million followers on Instagram which makes him one of the most popular sporting celebrity on the platform. He is also the number one ranked batsman in both ODIs and Tests and recently helped India reach the World Cup semifinal in England and Wales.Cristiano Ronaldo has 173 million followers, and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the number one ranked athlete on the app. He charges a whopping £784,000 (Rs 6,73,49,082) per Instagram post.Instagram top 10 ‘Rich List’ Virat KohliICCCristiano Ronaldo (Football): Rs 6,73,49,082 per postNeymar (Football): Rs 4,98,24,576Lionel Messi (Football): Rs 4,47,35,925David Beckham (Football): Rs 2,46,43,398LeBron James (Basketball): Rs 1,88,04,544Ronaldinho (Football): Rs 1,76,88,293Gareth Bale (Football): 1,50,26,462Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Football): Rs 1,38,24,345Virat Kohli (Cricket): Rs 1,35,66,749Luis Suarez (Football): Rs 1,27,08,094Kohli will now lead the Indian team in the tour of West Indies and after the exit in the semi-finals of the World Cup, the skipper wants his side to be ready and believe in their abilities at all times. He also believes that he has learnt a lot from his failures and setbacks and that, these things make him strong. Kohli and teamGetty Images”I have learnt most in my life from failures and setbacks. The worst setbacks have not only motivated me but also improved me as a person, made me understand the importance of those times more than the success. It makes you sit down and think about what you need to do now, build a roadmap for yourself. Secondly, these moments show you the people who are going to stand by you in tough times and the people who will jump ship,” the skipper said in a recent interview to TOI.