Chris Gayle, a former West Indies batter, recently slammed Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) for not believing in their players.
Gayle, who played for both Bangalore and Punjab in the IPL, stated that the two franchises must learn to trust and be loyal to their players.
“Those two keywords – loyalty and trust – it’s very important,” Gayle said in a video on JioCinema. “Those two teams – RCB and Punjab – need to learn how to work with those two words.”
The comments didn’t go down well with fans from both teams. They slammed Gayle for disrespecting the teams who showed trust in his abilities despite his inconsistency. Incidentally, the West Indies batter was included in RCB’s Hall of Fame last year along with South African legend AB de Villiers.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Chris Gayle:
Is that so? Who took RCB to the finals in 2016 when Gayle wasn't performing? Coz pretty sure he was leading from the front. Even in the finals, everyone other than Gayle & kohli shat their pants.
— Sunil (@KumarSoonil19) January 28, 2023
Shame on him?🤣🤣bruh even Pollard performed poorly for last 1-2 seasons but MI trusted him and that's why he didn't chose to go into auction and MI took him as a Coach…Gayle was one of the reason why RCB is what it is rn…if he's saying this then there must me something wrong
— NOname (@DenjixEren) January 27, 2023
RCB fans, time to slander Gayle & Boycott him. https://t.co/GNDECpuOdZ
— N∩⋊∩⊥ (@SuvTK7) January 27, 2023
The man behind releasing Kl Rahul (the destructive Rahul), Watto after 2-3 bad games, Gayle because of 1 bad season and then Gayle went to score century for PBKS in next season and lots of runs for them. Worst Coach RCB ever had.
— Mukund Agarwal (@RealMukundA) January 27, 2023
Chris Gayle choosing CSK over the franchise he played for!! 🤣 That too, after RCB imprinting his name into their Hall of fame!! 🤣🤣
— Sharon Solomon (@BSharan_6) January 28, 2023
— lol (@Lol75636846) January 27, 2023
— Anindo Chatterjee (@4455Anindo) January 27, 2023
Gayle joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011 and had some of his best IPL performances with them. In 84 innings for the team, he allowed 3163 runs. In 2011 and 2012, the southpaw won the Orange Cap while playing for RCB, scoring 608 and 733 runs, respectively.
For the Punjab franchise, he also scored 1339 runs in 41 innings.
Contrary to his recent comments, Gayle expressed his affection for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last month. The 43-year-old expressed his desire to see the franchise win the cup and stated that Bangalore would always be his team.
“We wanted to win the trophy but that didn’t just happen,” he said in an interview with CricketNext.com I want to see that franchise lifting the cup. RCB will always be my team. I love that franchise and I’m glad that I was a part of it.”
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