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Friends turn Foes: GAYLE VS KOHLI

They are the best of buddies both on and off the pitch donning the RCB colors at the IPL. But now, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are faced with the biggest challenge of their careers. For Gayle this could just as well be his last chance at World Cup glory at 36 years of age playing in conditions he loves most – as his IPL record goes to show. For 28 year-old Virat Kohli who’s mastered the art of T20 batting quite possibly from Gayle himself in recent years at RCB, it’s his chance to win a maiden World T20 title and stake claim to be the format’s finest.

WHO’S THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL?

With Brendon McCullum out of the picture, both Gayle and Kohli’s records go to show that they are indeed T20 cricket’s finest batsmen today. Opening the batting, Gayle takes the attack to the opposition right from the start, capable of destroying the most potent bowling arsenals with utter disdain. The Jamaican marauder has 2 international T20 tons, 5 IPL centuries and all-in-all a staggering 17 scores of 100 plus in T20 cricket.

GAYLE: THE T20 PHENOMENON

MAT: 48

RUNS: 1510

AVG: 36.82

100s/50s: 2/13

S.R: 145.75

Having struck a brilliant century in the West Indies’ campaign opener against England this World T20 – Gayle is just one big innings away from blowing away the Indians. But on the other side is Kohli – arguably the best man to have in your ranks while chasing down totals.

KOHLI: T20’s Mr. DEPENDABLE

MAT: 42

RUNS: 1552

AVG: 55.42

100s/50s: 0/15

S.R: 133.00

While Virat Kohli has played 6 fewer matches than Gayle in T20Is, the number 3 mainstay has 42 runs more than his Jamaican counterpart – and a much finer average of 55 something compared to Gayle’s 36.82. However, coincidentally both batting heroes have 15 scores of 50 plus in T20 internationals, going to show that while they may be miles apart in terms of batting approach, they are almost just as effective and important as each other.

Batting for the same side in the IPL and making merry with the bat in tandem is surely a sight no opposition bowler wants to see. But on Thursday, when India take on the West Indies in Mumbai, both Gayle and Kohli will be looking to expose the other’s weaknesses, and give their respective sides the edge – as these 2 best of friends on the pitch turn foes in a bid at World Cup glory.

 

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