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.
“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.