If Chris Gayle wakes up and feels like bossing around, he will do it: Virat Kohli

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore ended their three-match losing run with a 21-run win over Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.Powered by a 38-ball 77 from Chris Gayle, who also became the first T20 batsman to score 10,000 runs, and a sublime 50-ball 64 from skipper Virat Kohli, RCB set a massive 214-run target for the Lions.Later on, young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal sealed the deal with figures of 3/31 to restrict the hosts to 192/7 and propelled RCB to a 21-run win.The win helped RCB move to sixth spot on the points table with 4 points from 6 matches. (Universe boss is still alive, says Chris Gayle after breaching 10,000-run mark)Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Kohli lavished praise on “The Universe Boss”. Kohli said Gayle’s hitting prowess allows him to play freely and build his own innings. (10,000-run-mark was on my mind, wanted it so badly: Chris Gayle)”Gayle came in for AB and he took his opportunity beautifully. If he bats like that, it allows me to play through the innings and then accelerate late. He takes the aggressive route and I chip my way out; that’s why we are such a good batting pair.RCB got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and Kohli putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to the onslaught.Coming into the match, just three runs short of becoming the first batsman to get 10,000 T20 runs, Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from pacer Basil Thampi through point down to third man for a single. (Chris Gayle smashes 10,000 T20 runs: Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir in awe)advertisementThere was no looking back from there on as the West Indian turned on the heat, dealing mostly in fours and sixes.Kohli, who till now was enjoying Gayle’s power hitting from the other end, got down to business to get to his second half century of this year’s IPL.Kohli said Gayle’s record in the shortest format was “incredible” and that the Jamaican was the dangerous T20 player in business.”Well, it’s up to him how Gayle wakes up. If Gayle wakes up and feels like bossing around, he will do it. He took the initiative and anything in his arc was out of the park. 10,000 runs at an average of 40 and strike-rate over 150 is incredible. He’s the most dangerous T20 player around,” he said.last_img read more