'Don't fire, Virat' - Gayle hopes Kohli form subsides


Chris Gayle has no problem with Virat Kohli scoring runs in West Indies' World Twenty20 semi-final meeting with India, as long as he does so for the losing side.

India lost their Super 10 opener to New Zealand but recovered to book a place in the final four at the expense of Australia on Sunday, with Kohli's sensational unbeaten 82 from 51 balls securing a six-wicket victory.

Gayle is hoping his Royal Challengers Banglore team-mate does not carry that form into their semi-final in Mumbai on Thursday, but won't mind if he scores runs for the losing team.

"I have said it over the years that he is going to be the world beater he is today. I am hoping, please don't fire, Virat," said the destructive left-hander.

"He can still get runs but for a losing cause. We'll be happy with that as well."

However, Gayle insisted the Windies will not be concentrating solely on Kohli and are primed to cause an upset.

"We are not going to focus on only Virat, there are so many match-winners there and anyone of them can actually fire on any particular day," he continued.

"It is very difficult to pinpoint one particular player in the Indian team. It is a very good all-round team, a good fielding team as well.

"That's why India are the favourites. It is always going to be difficult to beat them here. But like I said, West Indies are ready for an upset."

Gayle smashed a 47-ball hundred in the Windies' opening win against England but a hamstring injury limited his contribution in their last two games.

After mustering just four runs against South Africa he was rested in the final Super 10 match against Afghanistan, which ended in defeat, but the 36-year-old is hopeful of returning to the top of his game.

"This is a perfect opportunity to actually start the tournament and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a winning position," added Gayle.