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Gayle is the best Twenty20 player in the world, says Virat Kohli

RCB skipper 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 their IPL opener on Thursday.

Gayle, RCB’s most prolific run-scorer last season, 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 about hard hitting, but thinks about the game as well,’ he said.

‘We are not worried about the tag attached to 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 umpiring marred his team’s momentum and its chances of scoring in excess.

‘I was reading the ball well and feeling good. As I said, a few decision which could have gone our way, did not happen. When I went in, Chris (Gayle) told me it is doing a bit and I just trusted myself and wanted to just time my shots.  ‘The two overs I played, the momentum shifted towards us and when I got out, the merit went to the other side,’ he told reporters when asked if his departure changed the momentum of the game. Kohli said he was backing Daniel Christian to bowl a good over and but the Australian ended up being hit all over the park ‘We knew 156 is not enough and a big over is around the corner. I was backing Dan to bowl a good over for us, but he got hit. But again, we came back really well,’ he said.
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