Former West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle remembered a remarkable act Virat Kohli performed in 2011 during an Indian Premier League (IPL) game. Gayle recorded his first century while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in his inaugural IPL season. He has scored six hundreds in the IPL, which is the most ever in the league’s illustrious history.
In an IPL Bold Diaries episode, Gayle confessed that it was Kohli who assisted him in scoring his century during his first season with RCB during a conversation with former RCB teammate AB de Villiers. The “Universal Boss” himself, Gayle, claimed that the former RCB captain blocked a couple of balls for him when he was batting on 98. “I remember Virat Kohli kept blocking a few balls when I was on 98 in the first match, he did so I could get to my first IPL hundred,” Gayle said.
The incident was during the match between RCB and Gayle’s first IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). In a clip that surfaced on social media, Chris Gayle can be seen batting on 98 with RCB needing just two runs from 14 balls. Kohli who was batting along with Gayle was seen blocking some balls to ensure his fellow teammate scored a ton. In the first ball of the 18th over, Gayle smashed a boundary and handed RCB a nine-wicket win over KKR.
Gayle had an average season with KKR for two years. Furthermore, he was dropped from the West Indies team. At that stage, when his future was seemingly looking bleak, RCB named him as a replacement for the injured, Dirk Nannes. He revealed that when he joined RCB, the energy, and the vibe was something different.
Gayle has amassed 3163 runs for RCB, which made him the most impactful player in the history of the franchise. He stands eighth in the list of highest run-scorer in the history of IPL, scoring 4965 runs from 142 matches at an average of 39.72.