Chris Gayle was clearly not satisfied at smashing the Adelaide Strikers' attack all over Docklands in the last game of Big Bash regular season as he sent an Instagram post out shortly after - hitting back at some of the criticism he has received recently.
Despite equalling Yuvraj Singh’s record for the fastest 50 in T20 history (of 12 balls), his Melbourne Renegades failed to make the finals, losing their must-win contest against Adelaide.
However, he saved his biggest savaging for the media in the aftermath of the controversial interview with Mel McLaughlin earlier in the month against the Hurricanes in which he invited her for a drink after the game mid-interview.
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The whole “blush-gate” saga was undoubtedly the most controversial chapter in the five-year history of the BBL.
Gayle’s chat up lines to McLaughlin were broadcast all over the world, and drew major criticism from past and present players including Andrew Flintoff, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Ian Chappell.
After holding his fire in the aftermath, Gayle finally let loose on his social media accounts, not missing any targets.
“The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop (Flintoff), the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder (Rogers), the next one who said he expect that sort of behaviour from Chris. (Watson) — Y’all can kiss my ‘Black Rass’ I love Australia and I will be back again ...”
Gayle was also engaged in a Twitter war with Channel 10 personality Stephen Quartermain after he made comments on Dwayne Bravo’s footwear, which had the words Hottest man alive written on them.
The comments were meant to be in a light-hearted fashion. However, Gayle did not see the funny side and tweeted back.
Quartermain has said he had been trolled by a number of Gayle’s followers since the tweet but was unrepentant saying he “couldn’t give a stuff” and would be happy if he never appeared in the Big Bash again.
All the debate has a real unsavoury feel to it all and it is a real shame that it has blown up the way it has.
Mistakes were undoubtedly made, but is it enough to ban a cricketer from playing in a 20/20 tournament? Not so sure about that.