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Virat Kohli-Chris Gayle bromance wins hearts after RCB's thumping win

India Today logo India Today 15-05-2018 Rajarshi Gupta
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Chris Gayle waited but that call from Royal Challengers Bangalore never came. He was apparently promised they would retain him but there was no communication after that.

Almost unsold in the auction after being released by RCB, Gayle blasted two half-centuries and a hundred for KXIP, who picked him at base price. Universe Boss said he had come to the IPL to earn some respect and he was doing that in style with runs under his belt and man-of-the-match awards to boot.

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However, the West Indian legend has struggled since that week-long break. Gayle would have hoped to make a mark against RCB and make a statement. However, that was not to be when he was dismissed cheaply by Umesh Yadav.

His dismissal, which followed two balls after KL Rahul's, triggered a collapse and KXIP were blown away for 88, their second lowest total in the IPL.

Kohli and Parthiv Patel blazed away to 48 not out and 40 not out respectively as RCB got home in 8.1 overs. The KXIP camp was dismayed.

Skipper R Aswhin looked almost relieved when the game was over; the normally cool Virender Sehwag was at a loss while the other players wished they could be anywhere else but the Holkar Stadium.

However, there was one smiling face in the KXIP camp: Gayle. He was happy to come back and fight another day to see if Punjab could make it to the play-offs.

Then the scene of the evening won hearts. Gayle and Kohli, old friends and former teammates, got together for their famous celebration and there was a loud roar from the crowd. It brought back memories of old and it showed Kohli is a friend forever, it showed Gayle is a friend for life and the bromance would forever remain intact.

Gayle and Kohli have huge respect for each other. And that was what won hearts at the end of a bitterly disappointing night for King XI Punjab.

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