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Virat Kohli Urges Chris Gayle For IPL Comeback As Impact Player Next Year
By CricShots - May 20, 2024 11:40 am
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Following their memorable win over the Chennai Super Kings that clinched their spot in the IPL 2024 playoffs, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a special guest in their dressing room. RCB legend Chris Gayle was present at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to witness his former team secure a thrilling victory, marking a stunning turnaround in their season.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli had a fun chat with Chris Gayle

Post-match, as the RCB players were cooling down in the locker room, Gayle visited them, offering his congratulations for their remarkable recovery. The team had bounced back from six consecutive defeats to secure a top-four finish in the league stage of IPL 2024.

Virat Kohli, who had formed a formidable partnership with Gayle during his playing days with RCB, was especially delighted to see the iconic player. Kohli enthusiastically engaged with Gayle, hinting at a possible return to the game under the new Impact Player rule introduced by the IPL.

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“Kaka, come back next year. Impact player is on now. You don’t have to field anymore. It’s designed for you,” a beaming Virat Kohli remarked in a clip shared by RCB on their social media handles.

 

Kohli also proudly shared his own achievement of hitting 37 sixes in IPL 2024, the most by any batter at that point, before Abhishek Sharma of Sunrisers Hyderabad surpassed him, taking his tally to 41 for the season. Kohli boasted, “Maximum sixes this season!” Gayle, the record-holder for the most sixes in IPL history with 357 from 141 innings, responded with surprise, “How much?” to which Kohli replied, “37!”

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During his illustrious IPL career, Chris Gayle played for Kolkata Knight Riders, RCB, and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). He amassed 4,965 runs at an impressive average of 39.72 and a strike rate of 148.96, including six centuries and 31 half-centuries. His presence in the RCB dressing room not only lifted spirits but also brought back fond memories of his powerful performances and his iconic partnership with Kohli.