‘ICC don’t want me to use the Universe Boss’ – Chris Gayle on his new bat stickers
Chris Gayle was at his prime during the third T20I against Australia.
Updated - Jul 13, 2021 1:28 pm
Many questions were raised over Chris Gayle’s place in the West Indies team as the veteran was enduring a rough patch lately. However, the left-handed batsman switched his A-game on during the third T20I against Australia and mustered a match-winning half-century. While none of the Aussie batters could bat freely in St. Lucia, Gayle put up an exhibition of big-hitting and scored runs all over the park.
The self-proclaimed Universe Boss, in total, scored 67 off 38 deliveries as West Indies chased down 142 in mere 14.5 overs, winning the contest by six wickets. With this triumph, the Men in Maroon also took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Gayle was enthralled with his performance and it was evident in his animated interaction after the game.
ICC don’t want me to use the Universe Boss: Chris Gayle
While the 41-year-old calls himself the ‘Universe Boss,’ his bat during the third T20I sported the sticker of only ‘The Boss.’ Speaking of the same, Gayle revealed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) doesn’t want him to sport ‘Universe Boss’ on the bat. “ICC don’t want me to use the Universe Boss. So I have shortened it and just put ‘The Boss.’ I am the boss (laughs),” Gayle said in a video posted by Cricket.com.au.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 13, 2021
On being asked whether ICC has the copyright over the term ‘Universe Boss,’ an animated Gayle said, “Well, I have to copyright it. Not ICC, I am technically the Boss.” These statements speak volumes of Gayle’s confidence and he certainly has no plans of slowing down.
Notably, Gayle, during the third T20I, was up against the likes of Mitchell Starc and Riley Meredith, who were clocking good speeds. The reflexes of a human body tend to slow down with time and hence, facing high-quality fast bowling gets difficult. However, that wasn’t the case with Gayle. On being asked if tackling Aussie pacers was challenging for him, Gayle said he used his experience to score runs.
Meanwhile, the fourth T20I of the five-match series will take place on July 14 (Wednesday) in St. Lucia. With West Indies sealing the series 3-0, the remaining fixtures are mere dead rubbers. However, West Indies would like to continue their winning run. On the other hand, Aussies would not want to lose any more games in this series.