When Chris Gayle hits the Cricket ball, it stays out of the park. After his blistering knock of 50 runs in just 12-balls studded with seven sixes, he came down hard and strong at his critics. It is nearly impossible to shrug off such wrath from the usually calm Chris Gayle.
As per the Guardian reports, Chris Gayle’s “season with the Melbourne Renegades was embroiled in controversy surrounding his sideline interview with television reporter Mel McLaughlin.”
An incident which Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland deemed “completely out of line”, Chris Gayle termed it as a “simple joke”. The 36-year-old was then slapped with a $10,000 fine by the Renegades while many ex-cricketers called for a ban on his career.
After the “Don’t Blush Baby” episode where he asked out Mclaughlin for a drink on live television, many questioned his conduct on the cricket field. Though he wasn’t suspended from the Renegades team, Chris Gayle is unlikely to return to future BBL tournaments after he lost support.
According to the ESPN Cric Info, he used his Instagram post to channel his verbal rant on the post. He termed the last match as his “last innings of the series”, and also thanked the Renegades and the Australian fans for their support. He followed the note by blasting his critics.
(My idol & the person who I look up to and also want to be like when growing up as a kid is in the picture)Thank you Renegades and the entire Australia for the love & support!! 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 😉. 'Give the ppl what they want '. Thank You Kunal 'Gold Bat' Sharma, you're an absolutely legend!! Piers Morgan, Thank you for your support champion! Thank you to the entire Crown and Olsen staff for the hospitality 🙌🏾🙌🏾🍾🎉 I had a blast, Thanks Ross!👍🏿 The real ppl who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You! 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! The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behavior from Chris – Y'all can kiss my 'Black Rass' I love Australia and I will be back again even for the 🍺🍺🍺 oi oi 😄🙏🏿. Don't forget to check out the song #WeHeroes 💃🏻😄. #UniverseBoss
“Ppl think I may have played my last innings in Aus but my memory with the fans will live on forever!!” Gayle wrote. “I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them … ‘Give the ppl what they want’.”
He summed up his post by writing, “Definitely – I have always got a soft spot for Australia. And the fans here have been very supportive. They have been really, really tremendous.”
Earlier his former Sydney Thunder teammate, Chris Rogers, exclaimed that he set a bad example for the young generation. Even BBL commentator Andrew Flintoff said Gayle had made himself “look like a bit of a chop” in tweet posted after the episode.