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Sad when people forget my Test achievements - Gayle

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August 22, 2013

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Chris Gayle top-scored for Jamaica with a 46-ball 43, Jamaica Tallawahs v Amazon Guyana Warriors, Caribbean Premier League 2013, Kingston, August 15, 2013
Chris Gayle on his sunglasses: "The CPL has a good look. So I needed one too" © Getty Images
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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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Posted by Tendoschate 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.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 24, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

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

Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by baghels.a 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 ...

Posted by   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.

Posted by sidd198723 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.

Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by landl47 on (August 23, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: Have a look at the packed houses for the Ashes tests (and the Australian return series is already pretty much sold out) and try to make a case for test cricket dying. You can't, it's as simple as that.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 23, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

Test Cricket will always be considered the truest form of Cricket. Fans who think otherwise really need to think about this hard. T20 cricket is a toss up, you never know who will win and it is like a 50/50 chance almost every match. Whereas Test Matches are more true to the skill qualities of a team and are definitely not based on luck. Yes, we all need to acknowledge that crowds and television views will never be anywhere as near as T20 crowds, but does that mean we should get rid of it all together? As Yuvraj Singh once said after the WC2011, nobody ever remembers a cricket player for their limited over exploits, they only remember you by what you've done in Tests. As long as the players themselves value Test Matches over T20/ODIs (and most players do), we are not in the darkness yet

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (August 23, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Hypocrisy - saying one thing and then doing another. Gayle de-emphasises the importance of test cricket, and then complains that nobody values his test achievements. Oh the irony! Of the righteous indignation!

Posted by BigINDFan on (August 23, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Nothing wrong in being considered a T20 mercenary, so what. There is a lot of hype about how Test cricket is pure and that is how players calibre is measured. Not anymore. A player should have skills and performance in all formats to be world class. A world class player will be in demand and nothing wrong in travelling and plying his trade. Gayle will soon be followed by KP, Sanga, Mahela,Sehwag etc as T20 super stars. They are world class in all formats and T20 has the most appeal of all formats right now for a variety of audience maybe not die hard cricket fans.

One thing Gayle has to do is take his role in the WI team seriously in all formats and perform. Or quit Tests and play T20s and ODIs enjoying his cricket.

Posted by class9ryan on (August 23, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

2 Triple Tons, saw that 333 one on air in that match against Sri Lanka at Galle. Chris Gayle's recent exploits in T20s have made him a superstar but his Test performances shan't be forgottten

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 22, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

The only thing that is in favour of TEST cricket is its history. Other than that, the format is long, boring, and lacks innovation plus creativity. On a side note, tests can NEVER be promoted globally. Try clarifying to the Americans, Chinese, and South Americans on why test cricket is played for 5 days instead of 1. That explanation would put every comedy film to shame. Tests will surely disappear in the next decade. ODIs and T20s will be the only forms left and rightly so. I congratulate Gayle here because he has recognized the flaws in test cricket and his own cricket board's inability to compensate him satisfactorily. Hence, we have the global T20 superstar. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it; in fact, Gayle should be proud of it.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 22, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

No doubt test cricket needs players like dravid sangakara cook etc but at the same time test cricket also needs players like hayden sehwag gayle ets. In short test cricket needs combination of such personal players to survive

Posted by Masking_Tape on (August 22, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

When you replace your jersey number with your best Test inning (333) with a domestic T20 inning (175), people are bound to forget it. You wanna remember your T20 special and that's what people will remember.

Also, never got this whole triple digit jersey number! Murali started that in the IPL! It's dumb.

Posted by GrindAR on (August 22, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

Enough trash on tracking him. CG is a feast to watch when he plays cricket... no difference when he bowls or bats... he helps his team win with the chances he get. Nobody takes things consistently single handed as CG does... Respect that and he covers the fan base well on what he is good at, most of the times.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (August 22, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Chris Gayle has fairly good test statistics,although he is often found out by quality bowling.He is a mercenary,he chose T20 teams over his country for a year.Shivnarine Chanderpaul has had the same troubles with the WICB,yet he has devoted himself to his national team.I cannot respect a man that chooses a franchise over representing the people of his nation.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Please leave Gayle alone he his doing a great job, when west indies turned there back on him, like all of us we have family to feed and bills to take care of. T20 open the door for him and Mr Gayle make the best used of it.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Gayle is a bonus to ant team he plays for....currently in a bad patch but still is deadly in any game.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

This is his test record of Batting and Bowling respectively:

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St 97 170 9 6836 333 42.45 11437 59.77 15 34 992 89 89 0

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 97 101 6899 3024 72 5/34 6/81 42.00 2.62 95.8 2 2 0

Posted by Twinkie on (August 22, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

I am a long suffering fan of West Indies cricket and I do agree that the WICB needs to behave better towards the players, but this game is played for the fans like me who continue to spend hard earned money to watch. Never mind the t.v. audience talk. A match has absolutely no atmosphere without a crowd. I agree that players need to maximise their earnings but they should do it within certain constraints that take the fan into consideration - people like me who have spent money on you when you weren't recognised by the IPL etc. You have a social responsibility to help lift the spirits of the fans, the nation and the West Indies. No man lives in a vacuum no matter how much money he makes. A meaningful contribution to your own society will always benefit you and your children and your children's children. There is a bigger picture! Players should limit their participation in other people's tournaments to one per year so as to be able to give their best to their home fans as well.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Lara, Bradman, Sehwag and Gayle are the only batsmen to score 2 triple centuries. That's a record anyone would be proud of!

Posted by sen-46 on (August 22, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

As an Indian lover of cricket, perhaps I may be allowed to get a word in edge-ways? Perhaps we are all too close to the Gayle force to judge him dispassionately and rationally. Only when he is no longer on the scene will someone better equipped than us will make an assessment of where Gayle's position is in the pages of cricket history. Whether w are votaries of T 20, ODI or Test cricket, let us enjoy the unique set of skills Gayle brings to the table.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

@HArmony111, bad analogy, B/W movies really had content and since all is not "Color" you just have to worry about lighting at the time, now the Palette has to be colored well + Lighting + Actors looks.... phew lotta things...

Test cricket will diminish not now not in the near future but sometime. i haven't played test cricket or any cricket at any level other than college. I see people talk for and against test cricket, please play 5 days of cricket and then talk about it. Its not an easy task. Cricketers are leaving test cricket not for bad reason but just to prolong their careers and make some money. I would do the same, wouldn't you???

Posted by rajaram1105 on (August 22, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Christopher Gayle - well said. I quote, ""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". Honestly this is the truth. People come to the ground to be entertained. Whole family enjoys both on the ground and watching on their TVs. An average cricket fan is moving in the direction and so is the game, i suppose. We all love the stats of Test cricket and the legends it has produced. Chris no matter where you go, your cricket speaks to all your fans. We all enjoy you watching and I have heard captains and bowlers saying "how tough is to set a field for you" that is a compliment. Keep going Chris.

Posted by landl47 on (August 22, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

@PACERONE: you're missing the point. It's Gayle who is complaining that he is regarded as a mercenary. The problem for him is that a mercenary is exactly what he is. I don't blame him for it; the WICB has not treated its players well over the years and he may have felt he had no choice. However, you can't put T20 cricket above test cricket and then complain when you are regarded primarily as a T20 player.

History will judge Gayle in due course. I think he'll be regarded as a good but erratic test batsman who didn't get the most out of his ability at test level. He will undoubtedly be regarded as one of the finest T20 players who ever played.

If that's not enough for him, then he should have adjusted his priorities.

Posted by Harmony111 on (August 22, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Suppose there was some actor who had given stellar performances in several B/W movies in the 40s and 50s. Then in the late 50s, the era of technicolor begins and all entities from producers to the audience show a taste for colors. This actor too recognizes the zeitgeist & can also see the wider scope of the color movies & so says that while he is proud of his performances in the B/W movies, from now on he would be happy to act in color movies cos the B/W movies might be dead in a few years. And I have not even taken into account the huge factor of that actor being paid in millions for the color movies compared to the puny sums for acting in the B/W movies.

Someone tell me what is wrong in my comment and I also hope most ppl can see how this comment relates to Gayle.

Pls don't tell me that I am jumping the gun on the future of T20 cos Tests have existed for 100+ yrs compared to<10 yrs of T20. I'd say I am not jumping the gun but others might be stuck in some tight mud.

Posted by chicoguapo on (August 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Am not sure you two know anything about cricket....so the fact that a man plays to make a living, gives you the right to disrespect him after all he did in test cricket? doesnt matter what his opinion on test cricket is, he has performed in lots of situations in test cricket, enough times to rate him a decent test batsman....an opening batsman who averages over 40 in test cricket is no fluke....say what u want to say..and by the way, tell me who in their right mind as an employee wouldnt accept a chance to earn more money.....And he didnt put 20/20 infront test and one day cricket....the dispute with the board, which by the way werenot honest about the whole thing, caused him to have to make a decision about his life...how he is going to maintain himself...and he chose the only option there was at the time...and did u remember what the dispute was about? did u remember they tried to do the same to chanderpaul? i prefer test cricket over 20/20 but will always support cricket, any format

Posted by PACERONE on (August 22, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

terry,you can say what you feel like,so can Gayle.You seem to be envious of the money he makes.If England and other rich playing nations were paying and treating their players like the WICB did they would be playing where they get treated and payed better>So would you.Zimbabwe is losing good players for the same reason.If you look at Gayle's test record he is in company with players considered good like Hussein,Artherton,I.Chappell and others.He is among a few to score more than one triple century.This is a guy that played for W.I with a heart condition that the team didn't look to fix.he did it when he could afford to.He could play on any test team in the world.

Posted by CricketChat on (August 22, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Yes, Gayle did make significant contributions in tests for WI. But, that was few years ago. His form in tests recently can only be described as patchy at best. Of late, he has become purely an entertainer rather than a consistent scorer. Most of the time, quick 20s and 30s will not win matches for your team. I think he will always be remembered for his T20 performances than in other formats.

Posted by terry_2k6 on (August 22, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

I'm sure the ridiculous amounts of money you are paid help you acclimatise perfectly well. And I seem to recall you saying you wouldn't care if Test Cricket died out, so why should you be 'sad' that your Test Performances are ignored?? I think someone's trying to get their ego stroked where they can. If you were so for the West Indies, you wouldn't put 20/20 tournaments before International Cricket.

Posted by smudgeon on (August 22, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Isn't he also the guy who said he wouldn't be too upset if Test cricket disappeared?

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