Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers playing like Batman and Superman: Chris Gayle

first_imgWest Indies superstar Chris Gayle compared his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with superheroes Batman and Superman after they led the team to a magnificent nine-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)India Test captain Kohli and South African batting star de Villiers once again delivered the goods with their bats as RCB romped home against KKR at the Eden Gardens yesterday to keep their play-offs hopes alive.’HAPPY TO FIRE’Gayle has not been in his elements throughout the current IPL season and his run of scores in the last eight T20 innings before the KKR game read 4,5,4,1,0,7,5,6.However, he returned to form just when his team needed him the most.Chasing a challenging 184 for win on a turning track, Gayle set up the chase with a 31-ball 49 before skipper Kohli and de Villiers posted half-centuries each in a 115-run unbeaten second wicket stand off just 68 balls to take RCB home.”I do like playing cricket at Eden Gardens. It was once my home ground so I know the conditions well. We actually won the T20 World Cup here as well. So, it has been a fantastic ground. It is a place that can be called as our hunting ground. I am happy to be amongst the runs,” he said.’BATMAN AND SUPERMAN’Continuing his sensational batting form this year, Kohli posted an unbeaten 75 off 51 balls while de Villiers remained unbeaten on 59 off 31 balls. It was Kohli and de Villiers’ fifth hundred-plus stand this season. (Don’t mind 10 stitches as long as RCB keep winning, says injured Virat Kohli after match-winning knock)advertisementKohli, who batted with a split webbing on his left hand, completed his half-century in 37 balls and also became the highest run-getter in an IPL season, surpassing Gayle’s 733 back in 2012 as RCB moved to fifth position in the standings with 12 points.”Kohli and de Villiers are playing superbly. They are like Batman and Superman. Those guys are in the form of their lives, especially Kohli. Like I said those guys should continue pressing in the gas, don’t ease up. They are actually doing a phenomenal job for RCB.”It is fantastic and they are batting under pressure situation as well. Credit must go to both of them. Kohli leading from the front is even better. Great team effort overall. Those guys have played a part in the 12 games played so far. Hopefully they can continue,” he said.GAYLE WARNS OPPOSITIONRCB will next face Kings XI Punjab at home and then travel to Raipur to face Delhi Daredevils. They need to win both their remaining matches to seal a play-off berth.”Hopefully, we can win the two remaining games, which is more important for us. We want to come out and keep firing then see where we end up. If we do get that sniff in the play-offs, it will be dangerous for the teams,” he said.last_img read more