West Indies big hitter Chris Gayle dressed down people who have criticized him about his controversial on-air flirtation with an Australian television reporter, a day after playing his final innings in the 2016 Big Bash League (BBL). Two weeks ago, Gayle, who played for the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL – scoring a 12-ball half-century that equalled the record for the fastest T20 fifty, when his side went down to Adelaide Strikers on Monday night – came under immense pressure after the live TV interview with Channel One reporter Mel McLaughlin. As a result of his comments, the 36-year-old was fined AUS$10,000 (US$7,200) by the Renegades franchise for his comments.
Yesterday, Gayle took to Instagram to hit out at “haters”, the media, and current and former cricketers who either chastised him or supported him only in private.
In the post that was also tweeted, the Jamaican wrote: “To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more . . . I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could’ve have there say In the public when my so call issue was going on, but y’all don’t have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters – but yet when u see me you’re like, Chris that’s BS against you, it was blown out of proportion smh…don’t tell me, tell the media and public!”
He then went on to lash out some harsh remarks to specific people. Though these people were not mentioned by name, his comments were clearly directed at a former England Test player and BBL commentator Andrew Flintoff, who said that Gayle made himself “look like a bit of a chop” in a tweet following the interview with McLaughlin; former Australian Test opener Chris Rogers who said the West Indies player had set a bad example for the Sydney Thunder’s young players when the two of them played with the franchise; and all-rounder Shane Watson who said he expected that type of behaviour from Gayle. Speculation shares that Gayle will not be welcomed back to the BBL. He however expressed that he loved the country.
“Ppl think I may have played my last innings in Aus but my memory with the fans will live on forever!! I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them . . .” he wrote.
The post by Gayle was not only for his critics. He also took the time to thank the Renegades and Australian fans for their love and support, and other esteemed individuals who openly took his side, in the social networks and also the situation help him to buy Instagram views.