Kohli ready to ease Gayle's pressure
The sensational back-to-back victories have put Royal Challengers Bangalore on a high. After a stunning last-ball win over South Australia Redbacks on Wednesday, RCB will take on New South Wales in the first semi-final of the Champions League T20 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
RCB's Virat Kohli celebrates the team's thrilling victory over
SA Redbacks on Wednesday in Bangalore. Pic./AFP
RCB has depended on Chris Gayle to provide breezy starts. However, Virat Kohli said he was ready to shoulder responsibility if the former West Indies skipper fails to fire. "Gayle is a wonderful impact player for us. I have always believed since IPL that if he doesn't get the runs, we would struggle.
"If he doesn't fire, I have to step up and Tillakaratne Dilshan has to take the mantle," Kohli was quoted as saying on PTI on the eve of the semi-final tie. Dilshan sizzled against the Redbacks on Wednesday with a well crafted 47-ball 76 that helped RCB pull off a stunning win. Kohli, who has turned out to be Mr Dependable, scored 36-ball 70 in the chase.
'Best T20 match'
Kohli said the nail-biting game against Redbacks was the most exciting T20 game he has played in his career. "Never been in such an exciting T20 match all my life. I also played one of my best T20 innings," Kohli said. "I had my eyes closed on the last ball. I was talking to our coach when two balls were left. Thought if we could get boundary and a two so that scores are tied," Kohli added.