Melbourne, Jan 19: West Indies' batsman Chris Gayle today hit out at his critics including some of the former cricketers as he left Australia after his Big Bash League (BBL) stint ended yesterday (January 18) with a record-equalling feat.
In recent times, Gayle has had a tough time Down Under after his controversial interview to a female TV reporter during a BBL game. He was fined Australian dollars 10,000 after he told a lady journalist that they "should go out for a drink", in an interview on Live TV.
Following those "inappropriate" and "disrespectful" comments, Gayle was in the firing line from several quarters. Former Australian captain Ian Chappell had called for a worldwide ban on the left-hander. (Yuvraj to Gayle: Hit 10-ball fifty)
Gayle's BBL team Melbourne Renegades failed to make the semi-finals on Monday (January 18) despite his 12-ball half century, matching Yuvraj Singh's fast ever half century in T20s.
As he exited Australia, Gayle thanked his fans and said he wanted to come back to play in BBL. In his message, he also "thanked" his "haters". He did not hold back his anger as he lambasted his critics.
Here is the full text of Gayle's message on his Instagram account
"(My idol & the person who I look up to and also want to be like when growing up as a kid is in the picture) Thank you Renegades and the entire Australia for the love & support!!
Ppl (People) think I may have played my last innings in Aus (Australia) but my memory with the fans will live on forever!! I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them. 'Give the ppl what they want '.
"Thank You Kunal 'Gold Bat' Sharma, you're an absolutely legend!! Piers Morgan, Thank you for your support champion! Thank you to the entire Crown and Olsen staff for the hospitality I had a blast, Thanks Ross!
"The real ppl who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You! To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more.
"I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could've have there say In the public when my so call issue was going on, but y'all don't have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters - but yet when u see me you're like, Chris that's BS against you, it was blown out of proportion smh...don't tell me, tell the media and public!
"The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behavior from Chris - Y'all can kiss my 'Black Rass' I love Australia and I will be back again even for the oi oi. Don't forget to check out the song #WeHeroes . #UniverseBoss "
(My idol & the person who I look up to and also want to be like when growing up as a kid is in… https://t.co/kLPskBTWUx— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) January 19, 2016
Look! Haters will always hate! We bring flare and swag to the game & they jealous 😀😂. Stop kidding yourself Stephen! https://t.co/cGYJEb24YM— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) January 19, 2016