Mumbai Indians April 19, 2012

'Chill,' she told Gayle

Cricketers routinely receive bad press for being arrogant, out of touch and living in a bubble

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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  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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)

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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+.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive on April 20, 2012, 12:23 GMT

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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive on April 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT

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

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