The autobiography “ Six Machine” of Chris Gayle is as explosive as his batting and written in sharp and short sentences.
The hard-hitting West Indies batsman gives a comprehensive account of his flamboyant life right from a dark skinned poverty ridden children to his rise in international as a destructive batsman.
The tall left-hander has gifted us many unforgettable moments in international cricket . His book written with BBC writer gave us a glimpse of his life and career.
The self-styled “boss” of international cricket with grandiose, self-important hyperbole and quotable quotes in his native colloquial Jamaican dialect. He starts by telling the readers that he is a weirdo and talks them on the journey of a shy, skinny cricket-obsessed kid growing up in a tin-roofed shack in Kingston who goes on to become one of the game’s most exciting players, travelling the globe as a gun for hire for various franchises around the world.
Gayle has compared himself with Swedish football star superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Real Madrid and Portuguese starlet Cristiano Ronaldo. He has created a host of records, including being one of only four men to have scored two Test triple centuries and being the first batsman to smash a ton in each of the three formats.
But Gayle claimed that he does not chase records, asserting that his inborn ability and confidence somehow manage to achieve such milestones naturally.
“If Zlatan were a cricketer, it’s the sort of thing he would be trying. Except the whole point about this 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 writes.
He has no regret the way he leads his lifestyle and his brash attitude, Gayle goes on to justify and explain some of the controversies he has been involved in. He also repeatedly emphasises his pride in his humble origins from the town of Rollington in Jamaica.
But he said he was very sad after his teammate Runako Morton died as Morton always was with him the difficult condition. Morton died in a road accident inJamica.
“I party harder than any other cricketer, yet I’m strong and mighty when the pretenders have retired. I speak English to the world and ‘patwah’ with my friends, the kid from the bad part of town who made it good.”
Perhaps the most interesting bit for Indian readers will be Gayle’s account of his experiences in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his description of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) owner Vijay Mallya’s opulent mansion in Goa.
Expressing no holds barred admiration for Mallya’s extravagant style, Gayle goes on to narrate his five-day experience. From riding a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson to the personal theatre and elephant rides, the ‘world boss’ admitted to being blown away by the style of Mallya whom he termed as ‘universe boss’.
The 36-year-old also admits that he was star-struck by Bollywood actors and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, apart from Mallya.
His tryst with India started with being intimidated by the large crowds and thunderous noise in massive stadia which were the world apart from the tranquil fields of Jamaica and gradually changed to being the hero of thousands of cheering RCB fans at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Gayle said the IPL has changed the world cricket forever but he has also taken the sting out some of the fiercest rivalries with former foes wearing the same jersey and sharing the same dressing room. He criticized Brian Lara termed him moody and arrogant just like Curtly Ambrose did in his “Time to Talk” .
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