Bangalore, Apr 2: Chris Gayle is considered to be one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball and India's vice captain Virat Kohli said that its difficult to emulate Gayle because matching his style is almost impossible.
"I understand that it's better to play to your own strengths rather than emulating someone like Chris because matching him is almost impossible. Only he can bat like that. Chris Gayle is the hardest hitter of the cricket ball in the world," said Kohli.
Kohli, who along with Gayle, play for the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he admitted that batting with the deadly opener could be extremely intimidating.
"The most difficult thing is to keep yourself safe!," he said jokingly.
"On a serious note, batting with someone like Gayle can be very intimidating. When you see him batting like that at the other end, you might get bogged down with the pressure of coping with his strike-rate.
"It also works the other way. You don't need to worry about the scoring rate because he's doing all the hitting at the other end. You only have to ensure the wickets are intact," Kohli said.
Despite playing so much cricket in a year, Kolhi said he was eager to get back on field.
"Yes, I'm really looking forward to batting again for RCB. IPL has always been a fun time for the players to enjoy some exciting T20 cricket," he said.
The fifth edition of the IPL is scheduled to begin in Chennai from April 4.