Gayle goes ballistic - Launches Instagram tirade against present, former cricketers
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
Controversial opener Chris Gayle launched a scathing attack on several former and present cricketers after an explosive innings in the Australian Big Bash T20 League.
Gayle, who equalled Yuvraj Singh's record for the fastest half-century in T20 history playing for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers on Monday, launched his blistering attack in an instagram tirade yesterday.
The explosive Jamaican batsman did not hold back in his assessment of former players who shared the BBL franchise's view of his conduct.
"I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could've had their 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," said Gayle.
"But yet when u (you) see me you're like, Chris that's BS against you, it was blown out of proportion. Don't tell me, tell the media and public!"
The 36-year-old West Indies opener has come under fire for appearing to openly flirt with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin, by telling her during a live TV interview: "I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that's the reason why I'm here. Just to see your eyes for the first time. It's nice."
He continued: "So hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don't blush, baby."
Gayle was subsequently censured by Cricket Australia and Big Bash League organisers and also fined $10,000 (US$7,000)
His comments led to him being criticised by the likes of former Sydney Thunder teammate Chris Rogers, current BBL players Shane Watson and Ed Cowan, as well as former England skipper Andre Flintoff and former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell, who recommended a worldwide ban.
"The real ppl (people) 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," Gayle posted in social media-speak on his Instagram account.
"The past cricketer who said I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the t\Thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behaviour from Chris - Y'all can ..... I love Australia and I will be back again."