Is it Chris Gayle vs India in World T20 semis?

Is it Chris Gayle vs India in World T20 semis?

Here's a comparative analysis of star batsmen, 'Galant Gayle' and 'Cool Kohli', ahead of tomorrow's much awaited first World T20 2016 India-West Indies semis.

By Team KT

Published: Wed 30 Mar 2016, 2:11 PM

Last updated: Sat 2 Apr 2016, 3:18 PM

On a high after a thumping win over Australia, favourites India will aim to continue their winning momentum and seal a place in the final when they take on the West Indies in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.
After suffering a disappointing loss to New Zealand in their campaign opener, 2007 inaugural World T20 champions India came back strongly to outclass Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia to enter the semis in style. They look favourites to win the Thursday tie to secure a place in the final, scheduled at the Eden Gardens on April 3.
On the other hand, 2012 winners Windies had three successive wins against England, Sri Lanka and South Africa but suffered a huge blow after losing to minnows Afghanistan in their last group stage match.
The hosts have quite a balanced side with swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli in prime form.
Kohli has come up with consistent scores and match winning knocks. He has scored 184 runs in four matches in the competition.
West Indies
The West Indies will rely on hard-hitting and flamboyant batsman Chris Gayle to fire for them at the top.
The 36-year-old blasted an unbeaten 100 in just 48 balls to steer his side to a comfortable win against England in their campaign opener here.
Besides Gayle, the team has plenty of T20 specialist and match winners who can turn the match around single-handedly.
Kohli and Gayle and known to share a great camaraderie on (when playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore) and off the field, probably because besides their love for the game, they both are known to have - 'a way with words'. Here are some memorable quotes from the prolific batsmen ahead of tomorrow's face-off:

Gayle vs Kohli
The India-West Indies ICC World T20 semifinal will see two good friends on either sides of the fence. Both live life king size - partying and dancing together - but Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are as different as chalk and cheese. Gayle, who plays with top-handed grip,  uses his muscular frame to generate speed and power to send bowlers soaring over fence.
T20I stats:

 MatchesInnings Runs Highest Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s 4s 6s
 48 45 151011736.82 145.7521312898

On the other hand, Kohli, a pre-dominantly bottom-handed batsman, employs delectable classic cricketing shots to accumulate runs. Gayle works on hand-eye coordination with little feet movement from his wide stance at the crease while Kohli uses timing and precision to pierce fielders for his runs.

T20Is stats:
 MatchesInnings Runs Highest Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s 4s 6s
 42 39 1552 90 (not out) 55.42 132.99 0 15 162 31

Gayle hardly makes efforts to run between the wickets, Kohli cleverly converts ones into twos and twos into threes to keep the scoreboard ticking. Two friends at the opposite ends will try to outsmart each other with their own strength. 
The squads:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya.
West Indies:
Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Samuel Badree.

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