Home > Features > Interviews >

Chris Gayle: My first reaction to Pollard-Starc spat was to allow a boxing match to take place

Chris Gayle © Getty Images (File Photo)
Chris Gayle © Getty Images (File Photo)

West Indies hard-hitting batsman Chris Gayle has not been at his best and will be hoping he can bring back some of his old form in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. He missed the first four matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore due to an injury. In an interview with dna’s Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya, Gayle says every team stands a chance to win the IPL and in T20 anything is possible. Excerpts from the interview:

dna: How popular is football in the West Indies?

Chris Gayle (CG): Very popular! It is actually huge. It has calmed down a bit in the last couple of years. But at one point in time, when Jamaica and Trinidad qualified for the World Cup [for the 1998 and 2006 editions, respectively], it was huge for the Carribean people. They still turn up for football matches. But there should be focus at the grassroots and the authorities must ensure more kids take to the sport.

dna: Your jersey says you are rooting for Brazil in the upcoming FIFA World Cup..

CG: Yes, I have been a big fan of Brazil since childhood. I wish I could play for them. I am ready to play for them.

dna: You played quite a bit of football in your school days. Why did you quit?

CG: I played three versions of football in high school — under-14, under-16 and the highest level. But then, the intensity of the training was like, ‘Oh okay, no thanks [sticks his tongue out]‘. It was too much of running. I could not take it.

dna: You were versatile…

CG: You have seen Cristiano Ronaldo, right? He has copied my style. If you see him, that’s Chris Gayle playing. That’s how good I am [smiles].

dna: Coming back to IPL, what was your reaction when you saw Kieron Pollard hurling the cricket bat at Mitchell Starc during Tuesday’s match?

CG: My immediate reaction was go off the field, get two pairs of boxing gloves, form a ring and let a boxing match take place.

dna: Who, has the best chance to win the IPL this season?

CG: At this stage, everybody is a contender. Though there are a few teams struggling but if you see the T20 format, anyone can bounce back. We will have to wait and see who makes it to the final four. Then we will know who stands the best chance.

dna: Your take on AB de Villiers’s knock the other night…

CG: Unbelievable. He is the only person who has taken on the No. 1 bowler [Dale Steyn] and he has done it twice now. Hitting Steyn for sixes requires superhuman abilities.

dna: How is your injury now? You looked comfortable in the three matches you played this season…

CG: It (injury) is still there. I have not recovered fully but these things keep happening.

dna: You are about to play your 100th Test match against New Zealand soon. How does it feel?

CG: I have 100 more matches to catch up with Sachin Tendulkar [smiles]. It is going to be a special occasion for me because it is a home series.

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Before joining DNA sports, Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya worked with The Hindu Business Line as a freelancer, and in front and behind the camera for Broadcast Telecast Worldwide (Kolkata). Apart from penning and editing stories, he is also a photographer and a musician. The above article has been republished with permission from DNA, where it first appeared)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Laxmi Ratan Shukla to lead Bengal ODI team

David Warner feels lucky to have equalled Don Bradman’s record

Kapil Dev’s Dev Musco Lighting accused of inflated costs by GCA

VVS Laxman advises budding batsmen to score big hundreds

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here