Gayle on the attack!!
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
Controversial opener Chris Gayle has launched a scathing attack on several former and present cricketers after an explosive innings, possibly his last 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-called issue was going on, but y'all don't have the balls to stand firm when it matters," said Gayle.
"Yet when u (you) see me, you're like, Chris ... 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."
Gayle was subsequently censured by Cricket Australia and Big Bash League organisers, and also fined.
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 Andrew Flintoff and former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell who recommended a worldwide ban.
"The real ppl (people) who stand by Gayle worldwide ... 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 thunder, the next one who said he expected that sort of behaviour from Chris - y'all can kiss my black r#*$.