Kohli not worried about Gayle’s low scores


Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli is not worried about opener Chris Gayle's twin failures so far this season, saying he has every faith that the West Indies powerhouse will click into gear soon.

Gayle scored a duck in his side's seven-wicket loss to the Delhi Daredevils on the weekend, and made just one run in the game before that, but Kohli says only a fool will write Gayle off as being in poor form.

The skipper said: "I am sure he will come good at some stage of the tournament. Probably, he may get a hundred for us when it's required the most.

"I am not too worried about Gayle, because the other guys are stepping up nicely. Cricket is all about grabbing the opportunity, if some others fail.

"Chris takes lot of pride playing for RCB. He has been a standout player for us. I think people just expect a lot out of him every T20 match he plays because he is good at it and has scored 17 centuries, which is not a joke.

"So, expectations are high and Gayle wants to live up to them."

Kohli added that there was plenty of fire power in the side, even without Gayle, and pointed to the likes of South Africa's AB de Villiers, who made a half century in the recent match.

Kohli said: "Well we got 230 in the first match and then almost 200 in this match, without Gayle firing. Guess what would happen when he fires!

"Four guys – Gayle, AB de Villiers, myself and Shane Watson – of international calibre playing in one team, it always helps. You can rely on those four and turn the game for you."