Arguably the most exciting batsman in the shortest format of the game, Chris Gayle has never been too far away from controversy.
Over the years, the Caribbean hard-hitter has provided some great moments on the field but off the field, he has been more than just naughty.
Recently, Gayle released his auto biography names ‘The Six Machine’ and took time to talk about most controversies that he was involved in and tried to defend himself.
The recent remarks he made while in Australia for the Big Bash when he asked TV reporter Mel McLaughlin if she would ‘go out on a date’ with him have seen the whole cricket fraternity take notice and openly criticize him.
However, Gayle took it to his biography and decide to explain what made him come up with those comments.
He wrote, “Now T20 is different. It’s not Test cricket. It’s chilled and fun and let’s do things differently. So when Mel asks me that question I stay in the T20 mind, and answer informal and fun.”
He went on to explain that it was just about having some fun on the field and that he did not mean to be dis-respectful in any way.
“I meant it as a joke. I meant it as a little fun. I didn’t mean to be disrespectful and I didn’t mean it to be taken serious,” he added.
However, Gayle was severely taken to the cleaners by the Australian media and was slapped with a 10,000 Australian dollar fine from his BBL club, the Melbourne Renegades.
The same incident saw Chris Rogers, Gayle’s former team mate in the Big Bash make controversial comments about the West Indian.
Rogers said during the BBL season when Gayle made those comments, “I was very wary of the role he was setting for the younger guys, and I spoke to them quite a bit about it – ‘do you think this is good behaviour, would you do this kind of thing?’”
He also added, “This is a pattern of behavior. If you know the guy, you see it over and over.”
But now, it seems like Gayle has had enough and hit back at the former Australian opener. He revealed that relationship between the two players and warned Rogers in his auto-biography.
Gayle wrote, ““Chris Rogers, how can you claim that when it was you and me at the bar most nights?”
He also added, “I’m not a snitch, but I’ve heard from your own mouth what you’ve done. Next time you want to open your mouth, maybe chew on a carrot instead.”
With the duo set to be teammates at Somerset soon in the English county, it will be interesting to see how they get along in the UK.
The 36-year old also latched into Australian legend Ian Chappel for his remarks on him.
Ian Chappel called for a national ban on the player after his remarks in Australia and Gayle hit back hard and wrote, “Ian Chappell, calling for me to be banned worldwide. Ian Chappell, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official. Ian Chappell, how can you ban the Universe Boss? You’d have to ban cricket itself.”
He also blasted into former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff who tweeted this right after Gayle’s controversial interview in Big Bash.
— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) January 4, 2016
However, the T20 World Cup winner hit back and wrote, “This coming from a man who admitted he took Viagra during a Test match. Freddie Flintstone, a young boy like you taking Viagra? Don’t lecture me. The only chop Freddie knows is when he used to bowl short to me and I would chop him past backward point for four.”
This came after the all-rounder recently revealed that he ran himself out having taken a pill of Viagra the before night.
Gayle is surely out to take revenge on all the people who had nothing good to say about him making ‘The Six Machine’ one of the most exciting books to read in the sport of cricket.