Jamaican cricket great Christopher Gayle created much excitement last Sunday (June 4) during his visit to the Milnrow Cricket Club in England.
The West Indies opening batsman, who has sent motivational messages to the club over the years before their big games, made a visit to the club after the team revealed their Jamaican decorated kit colours for the season.
As a thank you to Gayle, who is regarded as cricket’s ‘Universe Boss’, the Milnrow Cricket team opted for a Jamaican flag-inspired kit colour in recognition of his country of birth.
For his part, Milnrow Cricket Club’s Wayne Aaron commented, “Chris is a friend of mine and over the years has sent motivational videos to the team before big games such as finals. As a thank you to Chris, the team’s new kit for this season are in the colours of Chris’s beloved Jamaica. Chris was so moved by the cricket club’s gesture that he wanted to come and say hi personally to the team and have a team photo.”
Aaron added, “Chris also spent time playing cricket with the kids, who were thrilled, as were the very proud parents. He even spent a little time behind the bar pulling pints!”
Gayle is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played Twenty20 cricket. The ‘Universe Boss’ has played for the West Indies since 1999 and has set numerous records, including the most triple hundreds in a career and the most sixes in a career.
The left handed batsman is also the only batsman in T20 history to achieve 14,000 runs and holds 22 T20 centuries, and is the leading run scorer for the West Indies in both One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals.