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Virat Kohli wins hearts again, donates favourite bat to Chris Gayle Foundation

Virat Kohli, India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain, has donated one of his favourite bats to Chris Gayle for charity. The bat will be put up for auction at ‘The Chris Gayle Dinner’ in London during the ICC Champions Trophy.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 20:49 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli,Chris Gayle,IPL 2017
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli-Chris Gayle is the first pair to register 10 century stands in T20s. (BCCI )

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has donated one of his “personal favourite” bats to The Chris Gayle Foundation.

The non-governmental organisation started by Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Chris Gayle will put the bat on auction at an event in London on June 6.

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The foundation works to help young people living in areas of deprivation and disadvantage.

The event in London — named The Chris Gayle Dinner — is meant to coincide with the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy taking place in England and Wales at the time.

(Read | ICC Champions Trophy - India not favourites in English conditions: Chris Gayle)

The dinner will be hosted by Piers Morgan and attended by special guests former England captain Kevin Pietersen, Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, English cricketer Ravi Bopara, and other cricketers.

A video posted to the official Twitter account of The Chris Gayle Foundation shows the bat which has a message from Kohli along with his signature.

The Indian national team captain wrote: “This bat is one of my personal favourites and one which I cherished playing with! Best wishes.”

Last year’s finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore did not have the best of seasons in IPL 2017. They finished at the bottom of the standings after managing just three wins from their 14 group matches.

Kohli managed 308 runs at an average of 30.80 in 10 matches for the lackluster RCB side as a shoulder injury kept him out of the opening two weeks of the tournament.

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However, Gayle recently backed Kohli to return to good form once he got back into the setup of the national team.

Gayle also said that India could not be considered favourites going into the Champions Trophy because of the weather and the conditions that make the pitches play into the hands of fast bowlers.

The Champions Trophy will be played in England and Wales from June 1 to 18. Chris Gayle’s West Indies is not eligible to participate having finished outside the top-8 in the ODI rankings which was ICC’s cut off for qualification to the tournament.

First Published: May 17, 2017 18:46 IST