The big-hitting Jamaican says he is still in discomfort.
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle has admitted that he has not yet fully recovered from the hamstring injury that saw him miss his side’s opening four games of IPL 7.
The West Indies star has featured in three Indian Premier League games so far this season, contributing knocks of 20, 27 and 38.
However, his comeback was somewhat rushed and, despite receiving pain-killing injections, he has looked slightly uncomfortable at the crease.
“I haven’t recovered fully,” Gayle told the Press Trust of India.
“I’m still bearing some discomfort at this point in time, so I am just trying to monitor things as I go on.
“Those things are in places and you need to take it in stride as you go.”
Since making his comeback, Gayle has opened the batting with quick-scoring wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.
Gayle says that he enjoys partnering Patel because the multi-talented left-hander eases some of the top-order pressure on him.
“It is good to open the batting with him,” added Gayle, who won the IPL’s Orange Cap in 2011 and 2012. “He is an attacking player as well.
“He can ease some of the pressure at the top of the order.”
Despite losing their last four games, Bangalore are currently fourth in the IPL standings.
The side from M. Chinnaswamy Stadium have taken six points from seven games so far this season.
Last season, RCB took 18 points from their 16 matches, but finished fifth, narrowly missing out on a place in the playoffs.