Will give first copy of ‘Six Machine’ to Ronaldo: Chris Gayle
Published - Sep 14, 2016 10:13 am | Updated - Sep 14, 2016 10:31 am
Chris Gayle and his book – ‘Six Machine’ have become the talk of the town. The 36-year old has been in India for late marketing of his book. With the likes of Virender Sehwag and BCCI president Anurag Thakur present in the event, it seems clear that the marketing of the Jamaican’s book is going pretty well at the moment.
However, speaking in a similar promotional event, Gayle went on to state that he would give the first copy of the book to current Real Madrid and Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. When asked why he was choosing the 31-year old footballer, Gayle said that he was inspired by the book released by Ronaldo earlier and also went on to add that both of them traversed similar paths to success.
“I will give the first copy to Cristiano Ronaldo. I read his book and had read about the struggle he has grown through. Grown up as a kid, struggled, gained lot of experience then went on excel and then became a big superstar as well. So, I can say I have also grown up in a similar fashion like him. Most of the stuff Ronaldo has done on the field. But he was not given that much credit as much as he deserved, and the same goes for me as well.” He said.
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When asked to describe the title of the book, Gayle said, “It’s a big machine (laughs). Six machine is basically about being so dominant on the field. I’ve hit over 700 sixes and this actually sums it up. People have actually liked it and they have gravitated and entertained by seeing lots of sixes. Most of the people must have said ‘Six Machine’, so the name actually kind of sinks in. So this is how we came across this name. It’s a fantastic name and I really liked it.”
He went on to add that Shoaib Akhtar was perhaps the toughest bowler he had ever faced. “Shoaib Akhtar. It’s so easy to demolish him (just kidding). Akhtar is too fast. Bowlers always create difficulties for batsman especially spinners when you tour the sub-continent. It’s always tricky on slower wickets.”
Finally, Gayle opened up about his personal life away from the ground. “It’s going well. Crisalina is four months now, after these couple days I am going back home to do my daddy’s duty. She is keeping mum busy, mum has to put in a lot of work so I have some catching up time and make sure she relaxes, and I do my duty.”