Chris Gayle lauds Virat Kohli's innings in CLT20 semi-finals

RCB opener Chris Gayle did not have regrets of not scoring a hundred in the semi-finals and insisted that team’s victory mattered to him the most AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Oct 8, 2011

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Chris Gayle has praised middle order batsman Virat Kohli for his successive match winning innings in the semi-finals against New South Wales Blues (NSW Blues) on Friday.

Gayle was himself at his devastating best in the first semi-finals when he scored 92 runs off just 41 balls which set up a platform for the middle-order to capitalise and secure a comfortable victory at Bengaluru.

Gayle in an interview to CLT20 credited Kohli s contribution to team s victory. He said, “[It was a] brilliant win superb team effort. Chasing a total like 200, which isn’t easy, we stuck to the task. I have to commend Virat [Kohli] for the way he batted – not only for the runs he actually got – but to actually take have us righted to the end. Well done to Virat and to all RCB. [We have] just one more match to go, and hopefully we’ll push for that one match. We’ve been in a final already, and hopefully we’ll get past it this time.

Gayle also said he was enjoying playing in Bengaluru and appreciated the home support the team received in every game so far. ” [It is] superb. I cannot complain one bit. It has been fantastic been a great atmosphere here, good hospitality. I am glad the fans enjoy themselves – I’m really happy for them. Unfortunately the final will be [played] in Chennai, but wherever we go, we’ll still have to win,” said the dashing opener.

Gayle did not have any regrets of not scoring a hundred in the semi-finals and insisted that team s victory mattered to him the most.

“I don’t. I’m glad about the victory and that’s most important to me. I am sure it will come when it is time. I’m really happy with this win. Hopefully we can go further [from here on],” said Gayle.

Gayle also added that RCB is confident about its prospects in the finals on Sunday and believed they can beat any of the opponents, they may encounter in the finals, be it Mumbai Indians or Somerset.

“Both are good teams. It is going to be a huge game tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who [the opposition is], we just have to play good cricket,” he concluded.