April 19, 2012

Mumbai Indians

'Chill,' she told Gayle

Jayaditya Gupta

Cricketers routinely receive bad press for being arrogant, out of touch and living in a bubble. But in Bangalore on Tuesday, Chris Gayle showed his heart was as big as his hitting. During his murderous over off Rahul Sharma, one of his five sixes was fired straight into the stands – and into the nose of 11-year-old Tia Bhatia. Cameras showed her in distress and then being led away; turned out her nose was broken and she was eventually admitted to a nearby hospital. Word got back to Gayle and, in his comments after being named Man of the Match, he said he'd been distressed by what happened and would visit her in hospital immediately. He kept his word, and then some: he gave her the medal he'd won, and his jacket too. And Tia? Her first word to him, apparently, was "chill". Rumour has it Royal Challengers plan to invite her to their next game as their special guest. That should be the perfect healing touch.


Jayaditya Gupta is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo in India

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Posted by barani on (April 21, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

what a man :) Hats off to him. He is a Genious. I love watching his batting, simply amazing. I have never seen such a player in my life. Incredible player. Keep entertaining the public. Hope you see you soon playing for your country. I wish you would break both Lara's & Schewag's highest individual records in Test & ODI respectively. All the best.

Posted by rally on (April 20, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

This shows the true character of the man. Some in the West Indies have tried so hard to demonize him, but he is really showing his true measure.

I wish Tia a speedy recovery and RCB and Chris all the best for IPL5

Posted by Shanky on (April 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Gayle you champion!! So the girl. Imagine, a "tiny" girl consoling "huge" Chris Gayle for not feeling guilty!! Hah

Posted by Rohit on (April 20, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

On a lighter note, if I were Tia, i won't risk going back to the stadium as RCB guest (unless it is enclosed box)

Posted by John Aussie Thugby on (April 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Gayle is the man. He showed his heart and humility in giving the distressed girl a moment of happiness. As well as the Gun player of IPL, he has humility and kindness. I'm his fan, forever.

Posted by Shamsundar Sheoprashad on (April 20, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Bravo Gayle. You are indeed a true ambassador for cricket. Only the West indies Cricket Board and selectors does not see this.

You are Mr. Cricket!!!!

Grade A+.

Posted by Tony on (April 20, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Gail did what a man is supposed to. Thank god he didn't have too many commitments that night and for the fact that despite being so busy, he took his time to make a visit to the hospital.

Posted by FAHAD nawaz on (April 20, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

this is the true cricketer i love you gayle and i m your biggest fan

Posted by livetackle on (April 20, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

this shows that gayle is a role model both in and out of the field. he did a very good thing by visiting her.

Posted by Zainul Abidin on (April 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Gayle you are our hero, I am the biggest fan of you.

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Jayaditya Gupta
Executive editor, India A football lover and a veteran of the print media, Jayaditya sold out on both to join the crazy gang at ESPNcricinfo. It's a decision that often left him wondering whether he'd stumbled into the wrong room by mistake, till he realised that many of his colleagues switch the TV channel from cricket to football when they think nobody's watching. He does have cricketing heroes: Viv Richards and Steve Waugh share space with Steve Coppell (the player and manager) and Bryan Robson (the player!). Having covered two world cups (the football version) and a Champions League final, he can now set his sights on fulfilling other ambitions - including the launch of "Footinfo". Watch this space for more details...

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