Chris Gayle takes a derisive dig at Ian Chappell when asked about the incident in an interview

Chris Gayle takes a derisive dig at Ian Chappell when asked about the incident in an interview

Gayle's flirting with Mel McLaughlin is something that remains a controversy even to this day.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle of Kings XI Punjab. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The shorter format of the game has seen the rise of several players. It is a format where players need to think differently to excel. It requires players to be on their toes at all times as one ball can change the course of the game. When we talk about T20 cricket, we cannot ignore Chris Gayle. The Jamaican opener has been one of the impact players in this format.

Chris Gayle has played some stupendous innings in shorter formats across the world. Apart from hitting mammoth sixes and sending bowlers on a leather hunt, Gayle also has a talent of ensuring that the limelight is always on him.

He is not someone who keeps quiet and knows a lot about giving back to his critics. After his controversial TV interview with Channel 10 journalist Mel McLaughlin in Big Bash 2016, former Australian captain Ian Chappell had called for a worldwide ban on Gayle.

Always in the limelight

The swashbuckling opener, when asked by Mumbai Mirror that Ian Chappell had asked for a ban on him, had responded dismissively, “Who’s Ian Chappell?” Chappell had earlier asked Cricket Australia not to provide contracts to Gayle in this country for his behaviour. Gayle was fined USD 10,000 by his BBL side Melbourne Renegades for his on-air mid-match comments to McLaughlin. Gayle had said that he was happy to be interviewed by McLaughlin and they can have a drink together after his side win’s the match. The Jamaican apologized for the offence saying that it was a “simple joke”.

Kings XI Punjab offered a lifeline to Gayle by offering him an IPL contract at the last moment. He signed off the IPL 2018 season as the second highest run-getter for Kings XI Punjab by scoring 368 runs in 11 innings. He started the tournament well but his form dipped in the latter half of the league and his side failed to make it to the playoffs.

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