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 in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

Murali Vijay’s 144 among most runs scored by an Indian on Day 1 of overseas Test

India’s collapse against Australia on 2nd Test at Brisbane: Did the visitors really bat badly on Day 4?

India vs Australia 2014-15, Brisbane: India marks out of 10

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail tales

Australia India Interviews Moments in history Ricky Ponting

Alastair Cook says he would take time to overcome disappointment following World Cup sacking

India vs Australia 2014-15: Shane Watson must contribute with bat to justify he is an all-rounder, believes Darren Lehmann

India vs Australia 2014-15: Brad Haddin should score more runs, believes Darren Lehamnn

Matthew Hayden: It’s ludicrous Kevin Pietersen is not in the England squad

Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Karnataka lose seven on Day 1 against Railways

Surrey throw away wickets to win against Nottinghamshire

Pakistan Under-19 captain Saud Shakeel ticks all the right boxes

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

India vs Australia 2014: Visitors would do well to back aggression up with performances

South Africa vs Pakistan 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here