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Mallya is Universe Boss Says Chris Gayle in His Autobiography

In his book, Six Machine, the swashbuckling West Indies opener offers a comprehensive account of his colourful life.

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Chris Gayle  in action during an IPL match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 18, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
I’m weird, I’m a weirdo. You think you know me? You don’t know me.
Chris Gayle

In his book, Six Machine, the swashbuckling West Indies opener offers a comprehensive account of his colourful life, from his impoverished childhood to his becoming one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.

The tall, muscular left-hander, who has gifted spectators with some of the most unforgettable moments in Twenty20 cricket, offers a rare glimpse into his life and career in the book.

The ‘weirdo’ takes his fans on his journey: the journey of a shy, skinny, cricket-obsessed kid, growing up in a tin-roofed shack in Kingston who went on to become one of the game’s most exciting players.

He also describes what it has been like, travelling the globe as a gun for hire for various franchises around the world.

Gayle has compared himself to football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has numerous records to his name: he is one of only four men to have scored two Test triple centuries and is the first batsman to smash a ton in each of the three formats.

But Gayle insists that he does not chase records, asserting that it is his in-born ability and confidence that allow him to achieve such milestones naturally.

If Zlatan were a cricketer, it’s the sort of thing he would be trying. Except the whole point about this sort of crazy deeds is that there’s no trying involved – it just comes naturally. It’s your personality coming through in what you do. I don’t hunt these records. It might work for other people, but it would never work for me.
Chris Gayle

Completely unapologetic about his lifestyle and his brash attitude, Gayle goes on to justify and explain some of the controversies he has been involved in. He also repeatedly emphasises his pride in his humble origins from the town of Rollington in Jamaica. The book has been written in the Jamaican Dialect.

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Chris Gayle during a T20 match in Bengaluru. (Photo: IANS)
Chris Gayle during a T20 match in Bengaluru. (Photo: IANS)
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I party harder than any other cricketer; yet I’m strong and mighty when the pretenders have retired. I speak English to the world and ‘patwah’ with my friends, the kid from the bad part of town who made it good.
Chris Gayle

Perhaps the most interesting bit for Indian readers will be Gayle’s account of his experiences in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his description of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) owner Vijay Mallya’s opulent mansion in Goa.

Expressing no holds barred admiration for Mallya’s extravagant style, Gayle goes on to narrate his five-day experience. From riding a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson to watching films in a personal theatre and elephant rides, the ‘world boss’ admitted to being blown away by Mallya’s lifestyle whom he termed as ‘universe boss’.

The 36-year-old also admits that he was star-struck by Bollywood actors and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla.

He was intimidated by the large crowds and thunderous noise in India’s massive stadiums, saying that they were a world apart from Jamaica’s tranquil fields. All that changed- Gayle went on to become the hero of thousands of cheering RCB fans at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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 Royal Challengers Bangalore player Chris Gayle during a programme organised to launch the team jersey for IPL-2016 in Bengaluru on 7 April  2016. (Photo: IANS)
Royal Challengers Bangalore player Chris Gayle during a programme organised to launch the team jersey for IPL-2016 in Bengaluru on 7 April 2016. (Photo: IANS)
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The IPL, Gayle confirms, has changed world cricket forever but has also taken the sting out of some of the fiercest rivalries, with former foes wearing the same jersey and sharing the same dressing room.

Gayle also describes in detail his 175 not out in the massive 130-run win over Pune Warriors in the 2013 edition of the IPL. It was the highest ever individual score in T20 cricket and Gayle has claimed that he could have even scored a double century if he had got more of the strike.

The only batsman to hit the first ball of a Test match for a six, Gayle also offers his trademark bombastic apology to people whose cars have been damaged by his sixes.

He recalls with great pride his 317 against South Africa in 2005 and 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010. Gayle admits that he took great pleasure in tormenting the South Africans, specially his rival, pacer Andre Nel.

He nominated his feat against the Lankans in Galle as the more memorable of the two triple tons because it came less than a month after he was unceremoniously stripped off his captaincy.

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