IPL 2017: Chris Gayle says he is still alive after smashing 77 against Gujarat Lions
RCB skipper Virat Kohli lavished praise on Gayle saying, 'Him batting like that allows me to bat through the innings, and I can chip my way out. We thought we were 30 runs above par.'
Swashbuckling West Indies opener Chris Gayle on Tuesday became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket, a moment which he described as a "special occasion".
The self-proclaimed "Universe Boss" also warned his rival IPL teams by saying he is still here and alive after he returned to form with a smashing 77 against Gujarat Lions to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to 21-run win.
"I like that name (Universe Boss). Fans want to watch Chris Gayle, it's been fantastic. A special occasion to reach 10,000 runs. People still looking out for Chris Gayle. The Universe Boss is still here and still alive," said Gayle, who was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Talking about his stance, Gayle said: "A lot of guys spoke to me about my stance. Even Shaun Pollock spoke to me about my stance. You're never too old to learn."
Meanwhile, RCB skipper Virat Kohli said he is fit and the shoulder injury is not bothering him.
"There's a lot of strapping on the shoulder, not getting to my head anymore, my shoulder's fit and fine. We're happy to get those two points," he said.
Lavishing praise on Gayle for his superb innings, Kohli said: "Chris took his opportunity beautifully. Him batting like that allows me to bat through the innings, and I can chip my way out. We thought we were 30 runs above par."
The spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal (3/31) and Pawan Negi (1/21), played a pivotal role in the 21-run win and Kohli showered accolades on the duo.
"Negi was outstanding, very brave, not getting scared. Not many people believe in his abilities. Chahal is not scared, his biggest plus point is he always wants to take wickets," he said.
Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina blamed the bowlers for giving away too many runs but praised his batsmen for batting well while chasing 214 to win.
"We played well, we batted well. 200 was chaseable. More than 200 is difficult to chase," Raina said. "Our bowling giving too many runs. They (bowlers) have to vary their pace, bowl slow. It's a worry for us, the spin department."
India will look to settle down on their first-choice spinners on the Sri Lanka tour as T20 World Cup fast approaches.
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