As West Indies batting legend Chris Gayle turned 40 on Saturday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup’s Twitter handle did not hesitate to indulge in a bit of leg-pulling. In the video posted online, Gayle is seen taking over the duties of a cameraman and having fun with his Caribbean Premier League side Jamaica Tallawahs teammates. When asked about having a natural flair for the camera, he replied that the ‘Universe Boss’ made things look easy. Basically, he was referring to his own nickname. Thereafter, he panned the camera onto the pitch and predicted that he would score a double century there. Finally, Gayle conceded that batting was much easier.
While issuing birthday greetings, Indian batsman Manoj Tiwary revealed that the swashbuckling opener, who has scored over 10,000 runs in ODI cricket, used the heaviest bat in the world. Describing him as one of the coolest personalities, he observed that there was never a dull moment with Gayle around.
Happy birthday 2 d man who uses the heaviest cricket bat 🏏 while batting 👍 One of d coolest personality to across to me. Not a single moment of dullness wen he is around. Entertainer 💪 Hav a great one @henrygayle May God always bless u 🤙 pic.twitter.com/duyIxUQpmn— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 21, 2019
Kolkata Knight Riders, a key franchise in the Indian Premier League was not too far behind.
India's premier opener Shikhar Dhawan also wished Gayle a nice year ahead and remarked that it had been a pleasure to play alongside him.