St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Chris Gayle has made international news again with the claim that he “created T20 cricket.”
In an interview to promote the ongoing Caribbean Premier League, Gayle said, “Yes, it actually was made for me — or actually I should say I created T20 cricket.”
The Jamaican batsman added, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, “Being the creator of T20 cricket to let people, let players know there’s life in T20 cricket, let players know there’s things that can be done in T20 cricket from a batting point of view.”
During the interview, Gayle was also asked to give a shot at doing commentary: “Oh the storm is walking out to bat. Chris Gayle. Oh, this is going to be brutal. Oh I am so sorry for the bowlers here. Oh and they are probably shaking in their pants right now. Chris Gayle, you are the man. CG, you are the man. It’s Gayle-force. Look out!”
Gayle is one of the greatest drawing cards in T20 cricket and made a well-publicized move to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after leading the Jamaica Tallawahs to victory in the 2016 edition of the CPL.
The 37-year-old is the only man to score over 10,000 runs in T20 cricket, a format where he currently averages 40.14 and has hit 750 sixes to date.
The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots opened their 2017 CPL campaign with two victories over the Guyana Amazon Warriors at Lauderhill over the weekend.
The Patriots won the first match by four wickets and then edged the Warriors by four runs in two tense matches in Florida.
The Patriots are in action on Saturday against the St Lucia Stars at Gros Islet, before taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders on Monday at the Queen’s Park Oval.