Gayle is the best T20 player in the world: Kohli

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:12 [IST]
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Gayle is the best T20 player: Kohli

Bangalore, Apr 5: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said his team does not mind being seen as too reliant on Chris Gayle after the West Indian swashbuckler made the decisive difference in the narrow two-run win over Mumbai Indians in an IPL match in Bangalore.

Gayle, RCB's most prolific run-scorer in the last two seasons, was his usual aggressive self as he plundered 92 runs off 58 deliveries, which included 11 fours and five sixes.

"Obviously Chris has been magnificent for us. He has proved why he is the best Twenty20 player in the world and also showed us that he does not think just about hard hitting, but thinks about the game as well," he said.

"We are not worried about being too dependent on Chris. You can't say this in the first game of the tournament," he added.

Referring to his and Karun Nair's dismissals, Kohli hinted that the umpiring prevented his team from posting a big total.

"I was reading the ball well and feeling good. As I said, a few decision which should have gone our way, did not happen. When I went in to bat, Chris (Gayle) told me the ball was doing a bit and I just trusted myself and wanted to time my shots.

Kohli and Nair were given out leg-before wicket off Jasprit Bumrah.

Kohli said he was backing Daniel Christian to bowl a good over and but the Australian ended up being hit all over the park.

"There were two dot balls at the start of his over and I backed Dan (Daniel Christian) to bowl a good over for us, but he got hit, which happens in the game, but we came back well and I am really proud of the boys," he said.

Dinesh Karthik had thrashed Christian for 24 runs with three sixes and a boundary in the 17th over of Mumbai's chase.


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