West Indies batting maestro Chris Gayle has compared himself to football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo in his recently-released autobiography ‘Six Machine’.
Gayle’s flamboyant personality both on and off the field is always up for debate. Over the past few years, the Jamaican big-hitter has never let the limelight move away from him. Even when he endured a quiet period with the bat, the “Universe boss” somehow managed to remain the cynosure of his fans, be it in good or bad ways.
This year Gayle’s love affair with controversy following a slur of inappropriate and sexual remarks to female media professionals has created a buzz. However, despite the backlash which resulted in a loss of contract in the Big Bash League, Gayle repeatedly claimed his innocence and said he was a victim of double standards.
But Gayle has not always been known for these controversies – he has been a toast of the cricketing world for years, courtesy his record-shattering feats with the bat. He was the first to smash a hundred in each of the game’s three formats, is only one of four batsmen with two triple hundreds in Tests, has the fastest and highest IPL hundred to his credential and has a double hundred in one-day internationals.
In his recently-released autobiography “Six Machine”, the 36-year-old claimed he never tried going after the records and insisted that milestones came naturally to him and with this context equated himself with football superstars Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“If Zlatan were a cricketer, it’s the sort of thing he would be trying. Except the whole point about these sort of crazy deeds is that there’s no trying involved – it just comes naturally. It’s your personality coming through in what you do. I don’t hunt these records. It might work for other people, but it would never work for me,” Gayle said in his autobiography.
Gayle was recently involved in a slew of controversies. Starting from the infamous ‘Don’t blush, baby’ comment during an interview with Mel McLaughlin during the last season of the Big Bash League to a recent interview with a Times reporter, where he boasted about his “big bat”.
However, he insisted these things never bother him and only motivate him to work hard.
“Confidence comes from hard work and dedication. There’s Zlatan, and then there’s Ronaldo. He believes he is the best, even when people doubt him or favour Leo Messi for the big awards. It doesn’t stop him. Within himself, he knows he’s the best, and he always keeps driving. He doesn’t care what they say about him. He works hard. And I fit into his style too,” he further wrote.
The Caribbean big-hitter at the moment is in England to play for Somerset in the Natwest T20 Blast.