How to answer your harsh critics?
Rather than wasting energy via words, it’s better to answer them via solid performances.
Since that memorable Test series victory against England last year, Chris Gayle had been on the center of all the controversies regarding Caribbean Cricket. Chris Gayle’s remarks on his loath towards Test cricket made the critics more vociferous. His stubborn attitude towards the West Indies Cricket Board portrayed him as a selfish person.
He was ousted from the West Indies captaincy but was included for the team’s tour to Sri Lanka.
On a bright sunny day at Galle, the West Indies won the toss and elected to bat on a placid track.
From the word go Chris Gayle’s bat, which looked like a toothpick in his hands, started murdering the Lankan bowlers.
It was absolute carnage!
A lazy drive touched the ropes; a mistimed shot would meet the fences at ease. The Sri Lankan bowlers could do nothing to stop Gayle’s brief stay at the crease. He walloped the spinners well over long-on in signature style and his pull shots were brutal. He plundered 25 runs in a 7 ball burst to bring up his 13th Test hundred which was to be his first hundred in the subcontinent.
Gayle’s celebration on his hundred was an unconventional one: lying down on the mid-pitch for a moment to soak himself up with all the praises by his teammates and the crowd. After the celebration, the Gayle juggernaut continued.
Chris Gayle’s unorthodox magnificence was at its best. There were more pulls along the midwicket, more savage cuts, and plenty of brutal drives and thus, marched towards his double ton which included amazing 26 fours and 8 plundering sixes, the most by a West Indian batsman in a Test innings. The celebrations were more muted this time, with a wry smile and the raising of the bat sufficing.
On the second day, Gayle continued with his incredible batting and which broke plenty of records. First to go was the stadium’s top score. Mahela Jayawardene’s 237-run was eclipsed, Rohan Kanhai’s 256 which was the highest by a West Indian in the subcontinent, had been surpassed after the lunch and after tea Younis Khan’s 313 to make the highest score by any batsman against Sri Lanka and he surpassed his own highest score of 317.
Chris Gayle brought up his triple ton after the tea and celebrated by kneeling with his arms aloft and with this triple ton Chris Gayle etched his name in the history when he became just the fourth batsman after Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag to score a 300 plus runs.
Gayle’s magnificent form put Brian Lara’s 400 under threat and Lara might wake up in the morning to find out his record being broken by this tall lanky Jamaican beast. But Ajanta Mendis’ inspired spell brought an end to Gayle’s powerful knock of 333. He hit 35 fours and 9 sixes.
He might say that he disliked Test cricket but his brief stay at the crease never gave anyone the impression of Gayle’s abhorrence towards Test cricket. He was such a treat to watch. One might say about the placid nature of the track which aided Gayle a lot. But to score a triple ton it requires an enormous amount of hunger for runs with a rock-solid Test-cricket-temperament.
Chris Gayle had proved himself wrong.
He loves Test cricket.