West Indies news August 22, 2013

Sad when people forget my Test achievements - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle is one of the biggest crowd-pullers in Twenty20 leagues across the world but when he is labelled a mercenary, he feels "sad" his numerous performances over the years for West Indies, including in Test matches, are ignored.

"I have been giving my all for West Indies for 13 years now," Gayle told The Indian Express. "So it's sad when people just forget all that I've achieved for the Caribbean and use such derogatory terms. I have scored runs and won matches in Test cricket as well. There are other cricketers too who get bracketed in that category. It's unfair but you can't stop tongues from wagging."

Gayle, who has led Jamaica Tallawahs to the semi-finals of the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League, believes T20 cricket will continue to thrive. "It's the future and is growing bigger and bigger every day. Test cricket will survive, but you have to be realistic and accept things as they are," he said. "You can come to the ground for two-and-a-half hours knowing that you will be enthralled for every minute you spend there. It's become a serious business now. You have everyone from movie stars to celebrities coming in and trying to have their own piece of the pie."

Gayle has participated in several leagues across the world and touched upon the difficulties of acclimatising. "I have been with (IPL franchise) Royal Challengers Bangalore for a few years now so that connect is there," he said. "But it's difficult to just go somewhere and feel the pulse of that city. I just go with an open mind.

"It's not easy, landing up in a dressing room on short notice and having to get acclimatised immediately. I have been doing this year after year. And I have got used to the whole process. The secret is to not put pressure on yourself to fit into the ecosystem. The best way to make a mark is by winning matches for the team.

"The expectations are massive. They don't just want runs or sixes from Chris Gayle but he has to entertain with bat, ball and in the field. Luckily, I love having fun and ensuring that the fans and everyone is getting their money's worth."

Gayle, who has has caught headlines during the CPL for his array of sunglasses, believes the tournament has a promising future. "The CPL has a good look. So I needed one too. The IPL is obviously bigger than all other leagues put together. You have so many stars playing together. The CPL does have a long way to go but we'll get there."

Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel meet in the first semi-final in Port-of-Spain on Thursday, while Jamaica face off against Barbados Tridents in the second one on Friday.

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  • Majid on August 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Gayle the only batsman to hit six on the first ball of the test match. An aggressive player with lot of patience and bowl.

  • o on August 24, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    @ landl47 Tests only sell out in England I was shocked at how for the India tour for no1 spot the majority of the stadiums were emty in the new home of cricket amongst it's Billion strong pop, same goes for last Ashes tour in Australia even for Ashes the stadiums were mostly empty ! There was more BarmyArmy than Ozzies for some games. I'm a huge test man but English fans seem to be living in a bubble right now we are in desperate times everywhere outside England as far as Test cricket goes.

    Also baghels.a's comment as harsh as it sounds is entirely spot on.

  • o on August 24, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Two triple centuries only Lara and Bradman can say the same . . .

  • Harmon on August 23, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @Paul Connell: I admire your passion for ODIs or Tests but it seems you haven't actually watched much T20 Cricket cos what you say is something that happens quite regularly in T20 Cricket. IPL 2013 had several matches where the match was deemed over before time but something happened and the other team ended up winning the match. T20 is a format where some matches have been won by scoring 22 runs in the last over and sometimes teams have failed to score 22 runs in 4 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Teams have failed to defend 200+ totals and teams have successful defended 118 too.

    You can find a no of such matches yourself but the two matches between Ind & Pak in WT20 2007 might make a great guide to you. You can also check the scorecard or watch videos of the initial 10-11 matches of IPL 2013 to find what exactly I am saying. You can also see WT20 2012 Ind-SA match for more of the same.

    But unless you consume it you can't give a fair feedback based on only your bias or passion.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Why should Gayle being considered a mercenary for using his skills and talent to earn a living? Some who are probably criticizing him are probably working as much over time as possible or even working two or three jobs.Mercenary? His art is cricket and he does it the best he can. We should appreciate his contribution to West Indies cricket even under torrid times and conditions.One should refrain from comparing the different forms of todays game. Each format provides its own entertainment which we all enjoy.Gayle certainly gives all enough to keep us entertained. Do your thing Gayle

  • jayaesh on August 23, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    @landl47 , i keep hearing from English fans about the packed houses you blokes get for test matches, but isn't it true that you also get fullhouses for 50 over and T20's whenever English national team is involved, it is also a fact that in County cricket you get more crowd for T 20's than compared to 4 day matches or championship as they are called... Skysports hardly shows championship matches but shows T 20 or 40 over version all the time... TV rights in UK for cricket is 200 million Euros for three year period, while for Football for same period is 6.4 billion Euros !!! Majority of Englishmen won't know who Alistair Cook is but will know all the little details about Wayne Rooney's personal life ...

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Gayle can be amazing in all forms. He should be respected for the contribution hes made to cricket as a whole. Also I like all the forms of cricket. But 20/20 is what I like least. The action can be real hot or very cold. This form of the game if a team gets on top there isn't usually the overs or the opportunity for a recovery for the other team. In 1 day and tests there is every opportunity for that great catch, bowling spell or middle order spark to go down to change the game completely. A lot more exciting prospect.

  • siddhartha on August 23, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Test cricket needs better pitches. I like the pitches in Australia and England. They are the most un biased pitches. Stop using boring slow flat tracks.It's killing the game.

  • Harmon on August 23, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @EVony Ki: I am sorry but I really was unable to understand what you wanted to say in your comment. The first line shows you disagree with me but other than that I could not find out what you meant with all those issues involving color films. It really beat me.

    The second part of your comment confuses me even more. You talking for Tests or for T20s? Seemed both to me. Your last sentence was kind of a defense for Gayle I guess.

    I don't know what to say cos I really don't know what exactly you meant in your comment as a whole, I saw a bit of everything there.

  • Geeva on August 23, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    U need to avg close to to 50 in test cricket to be a great player...Gayle is good but not great.....will need to score more runs...surprised at his ODI avg 37