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Gayle flies back home to meet his newborn son, will miss next two matches

Chris Gayle will miss the next two matches of the ongoing Indian Premier League as he flew back to Jamaica yesterday to be with his wife Natasha Berridge, who has given birth to their son.
India TV Sports Desk April 19, 2016 22:00 IST
India TV Sports Desk

Mumbai: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s run-machine Chris Gayle will miss the next two matches of the ongoing Indian Premier League as he flew back to Jamaica yesterday to be with his wife Natasha Berridge, who has given birth to their son. 

Yesterday, Gayle posted a picture of himself in an aircraft, along with the caption, "I'm on my way, Baby" (referring to his partner). 

 

I'm on my way, Baby.

A photo posted by KingGayle (@chrisgayle333) on Apr 17, 2016 at 9:39pm PDT

The 36-year old Caribbean batsman will miss the next two IPL games -- against Mumbai Indians, on 20 April, and Rising Pune Supergiants, on 22 April.

Bangalore's young batsman Sarfaraz Khan confirmed the news ahead of their match against Mumbai.

“Gayle has become a father, so he has gone home to visit his family and son,” Sarfaraz said at the pre-match press conference here.

Gayle has endured a slow start in the IPL season 9, scoring 1 and 0 in the first two matches. His poor form, however, has not affected the team’s batting performance as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are in sublime form.