The win for RCB was thei sixth in IPL 2016 © AFP
The win for RCB was thei sixth in IPL 2016 © AFP

‘Universal Boss’ Chris Gayle has termed his Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli as a complete player and backed him to reach 1000-run mark in IPL 2016. Gayle, who returned back to form with a 31-ball 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders, saw his record of 733 runs in IPL 2012 campaign being shattered by Kohli, who now has 752 runs from 12 matches in this IPL. Kohli scored an unbeaten 75, and helped his side register sixth win in IPL 2016. AB de Villiers(59) and Gayle(49) also gave a good hand to the skipper in a win which keeps RCB well on course for a qualification to playoffs. FULL SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 48 at Kolkata

Speaking after the game, Chris Gayle congratulated the Indian for the achievement. “I must congratulate him on achieving this. Two more games and may be he can get 900 runs. If we qualify for the playoffs, 1000 as well, who knows. It’s always about determination. He’s a person who is never satisfied. He always wants to get better, which is good. It always isn’t about power hitting. It’s about right shot selection and he’s very fit as well. He throws himself around the field. (He’s a) complete cricketer,” cricbuzz reported him saying.

 

Gayle also went onto praise the Kohli-de Villiers duo. “It’s like Batman and Superman. They are in the form of their life. They are doing a phenomenal job for the team. It’s just fantastic. They were batting in a pressure situation as well. Kohli leading from the front is even more fantastic. It’s been a great team performance so far and those guys have played their part in all 12 games.”

Having struggled for form in IPL 2016, Gayle was happy the way he played in the last game.”It’s cricket. We, as players, know what’s required. It’s basic stuff, you keep it as simple as possible. The captain asks me to play fearless cricket. Even though you might be a big player, sometimes you need a reminder as well about how good you are. I’m more happy about the fans today. Nothing has been big so far, so you have to accept the 49.”

“I do like playing cricket here (at Eden Gardens). It was once my home ground and I know the conditions well. We actually won the World T20 here, so it has been a fantastic ground. It’s a hunting ground for me and I’m happy to be among runs today.”

Finally, he revealed the Eden Gardens crowd supporting RCB didn’t surprise him. “I wasn’t surprised at all. We have a huge fan base and they love to see fours and sixes. So when we are playing away, it’s always like playing back home. The support here was fantastic. Indians love entertainment. They love to be entertained and if you can’t hit fours and sixes – get off the field.”