Chris Gayle dons personalised cricket gear with “The Boss” written on it during T20 WC warm-up fixture against Pakistan

Gayle was back to his preferred opening position during the warm-up match against Pakistan.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 18 October 2021 5:19 pm

Chris Gayle is one of the big stars of cricket. While he has aced each and every format of the sport, when it comes to T20 cricket his records are unparalleled. He has most number of runs and most centuries and is still going strong in various franchise-based leagues as well as international cricket.

The Jamaican stalwart is part of the West Indies squad for the T20 World Cup. While the Men in Maroon are the defending champions and are the only team to have clinched the tournament more than once, they are currently playing a warm-up match against Pakistan before they begin their Super 12 stage.

Batting first, it was Gayle back to his normal opening position after playing at number 3 in IPL 2021. The tall left-handed Gayle looked to play more and more balls from the middle of his bat and was not too keen on looking for runs at a brisk pace. While he was scoring at an uncharacteristic strike rate during the match, at one particular instance between overs when the camera showed a close-up of Gayle, it was clearly evident that he was wearing gears with the self-proclaimed name "The Boss" written on his pad.

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Earlier, the West Indian star had made his dislike known for another West Indian legend Curtly Ambrose after the former pacer had said that he would not pick Gayle in his starting XI for the Windies.

"I am speaking about Curtly Ambrose. I am singling out Curtly Ambrose, one of your own. I highly respected him when I came into the West Indies team," Gayle told The Island Tea Morning Show, a radio station in St Kitts, on Tuesday.

"When I just joined the team, I looked up to this man. But I am now speaking from my heart. I don't know what, since he retired, what he had against Chris Gayle. Those negative things he has been saying within the press, I don't know if he is looking for attention, but he is getting the attention. So I am just giving back the attention which he requires and which he needs," he added.

"I can tell you personally, and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever," he further said.

West Indies will meet England in a repeat of the 2016 T20 World Cup final in their first Super 12 match on October 23.