Frustrated Gayle leaves MSL for not getting 'respect' amidst Stars' torrid run
Chris Gayle is now in the twilight of his career and so sometimes his power-hitting gets clogged up which creates a problem for many people. He just bowed out of the ongoing Mzansi Super League owing to - what he thinks - 'lack of respect' and has opted to take time off the field.
The 40-year-old batting giant asked for more respect from franchise managers after storming off from the league while his side Jozi Stars continues to struggle in the tournament and yet to register a win in the competition.
Gayle piled up 101 runs in six knocks before deciding to make an exit from the former champions team who is in a pickle this time around.
"As soon as I don't perform for two or three games, then Chris Gayle is the burden for the team," said Gayle
"I am not talking for this team only."
Gayle is always in the limelight regardless of the tournament and no T20 league is complete until he features in it. The belligerent southpaw has torn apart many bowling attacks with disdain but struggled a bit in South Africa's new T20 competition.
He couldn't fire for Lahore Qalandars and was under pressure from the management and vociferous fans who wanted him to fire from the get-go.
"This is something I have analysed over the years playing franchise cricket. Chris Gayle is always a burden if I don't score runs.
"It seems like that one particular individual is the burden for the team. And then you will hear bickering.
The otherwise cheery Jamaica's favourite son looked disgruntled by the alleged disrespect that he faced in the team and he looks tired with the cumbersome demands of franchise stakeholders.
"I am not going to get respect. People don't remember what you have done for them. I don't get respect."
Gayle could only manage 47 runs in five games but gained some form in the last appearance - which was also his 400th T20 match - of this MSL season as he struck 54 off 28 deliveries.
Despite his quickfire half-century, Stars lost from a commanding position against Spartans and, as a result, are languishing at the bottom of the points table. The precarious situation is a total contrast to their previous season where they clinched the trophy in an emphatic style.
Out of respect for the batsman who redefined the game, one would think that as a professional sportsperson and one of the most highly paid cricketer, the onus is bound to be on the big gun to come good in high-voltage games.
It could be a case of getting fidgety in the tail end of his career when going gets tough. Gayle has achieved everything one could possibly dream of achieving in their cricket career thus a break from the game might work in his favour and the 'boss', being the trend-setter, has earned the right to leave the podium whenever he desires.