[caption id="attachment_827404" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-827404" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Chris-Gayle-1.jpg" alt="Chris Gayle" width="628" height="355" /> Chris Gayle (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kings-xi-punjab">Kings XI Punjab</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravichandran-ashwin/news/">Ravichandran Ashwin</a> says the team's in-form swashbuckler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chris-gayle/news/">Chris Gayle</a> "twisted his back" during the three-wicket loss to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mumbai-indians">Mumbai Indians</a> in an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2019-200997/">IPL</a> game which required his side to be "steelier and smarter" than what it was. <strong>(READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-i-have-a-lot-of-cricket-left-in-me-kieron-pollard-mumbai-indians-kings-xi-punjab-827327">I have a lot of cricket left in me - Pollard</a>)</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Kieron Pollard's 31-ball 83 decimated Punjab hut the visiting side also had its share of stellar batting performances, by Gayle (63 off 36 balls) and K L Rahul (100 not out off 64 balls). <p></p> <p></p>"He (Gayle) said he twisted his back. We have to go check and how he is," Ashwin said of the 39-year-old destructive West Indian batsman. <p></p> <p></p>Gayle did not take the field during Mumbai Indians' successful run chase and KXIP coach Sridharan Sriram also said the Jamaican needs to be monitored over the next few days. <p></p> <p></p>"He felt a twitch in the back - that's what he said. We need to assess and monitor what he's going to do over the next couple of days," he said <p></p> <p></p>In another injury worry for KXIP, Ashwin said medium pacer Ankit Rajpoot, who went for 52 runs in his four overs yielding just one wicket, has a niggle too. <p></p> <p></p>"He (Ankit Rajpoot) injured his finger in the first over. It was a big bonus that we got three overs from him in the powerplay. We were a bit up and down with our fielding and catching," Ashwin said assessing the team's performance after seven matches, four of them wins. <p></p> <p></p>"Probably if we would have been sharper, we would have ended up on the right side. I think it was a defendable total. It was just about par. It is a hard defending ground," said the senior off-spinner when asked whether 197 was a big enough total. <p></p> <p></p>Ashwin felt the team lost momentum after a great start but conceded that Pollard was the major difference between the two sides. <p></p> <p></p>"We were about 10s for 10-12 overs and then we lost a little momentum while batting which I feel was crucial for us. I thought we pretty good as a bowling unit in bits and pieces," he reflected. <p></p> <p></p>"At the end of the day Pollard batted beautifully and took the game away from us...We could have been a little more steelier and smarter with our plans," he said.