RCB retain Kohli & Gayle for IPL-7

Ahead of the players’ retention deadline for the forthcoming Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday announced that Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers will stay with the franchise, and named New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori their head coach and South Africagreat Allan Donald as bowling coach.

The announcement comes a day before the retention deadline for the seventh edition of the cash-rich league.

“I am happy and honoured to be retained by RCB and it’s great to be back to Bangalore, literally my 2nd home now … Am looking forward to working closely with Dan Vettori. Bowling Coach Allan Donald’s experience will add a lot of value. Together with my other retained mates Chris and AB and the rest of the team, I hope to fulfill the faith that RCB and the fans of Bangalore have reposed in me,” said Kohli in a team statement.

Gayle said: “Home Again!! I am happy to be retained by RCB and looking forward to the love and affection … Bangalore, here I come again and let’s rock!!!!”

RCB owner Vijay Mallya tweeted: “Delighted to retain Virat, Gayle and AB in RCB. Easily amongst the best players in the World. We will build a strong squad around them.”

Trent Woodhill was appointed the batting and fielding coach.—IANS