West Indies have brushed aside Sri Lanka by seven wickets at the ICC World T20, though the victory has not come without cost with master blaster Chris Gayle picking up an injury in the match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. Gayle, scorer of an unbeaten century in the West Indies tournament opener against England, suffered a hamstring injury while fielding and never made it to the crease, dropping down the order and not required to bat with opening replacement Andre Fletcher hitting an unbeaten 84.

Hence, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium spectators were on Sunday deeply disappointed when they were deprived of Gayle force against Sri Lanka. Constant chants of “we want Gayle” were heard during the West Indian innings, as the left hander was watching the proceedings from the dressing room. Gayle tweaked his hamstring while fielding during Sri Lanka’s innings and hence did not come out to bat in his usual opening position. With the crowd getting restless, Gayle walked out to bat when Denesh Ramdin was dismissed in the 13th over.However, fourth umpire Ian Gould stepped in and reminded him that he needed to wait for some more time due to his absence in the field during the firs half of the match. Gould signaled “two more minutes” to the Windies bench and dragged Gayle off the field in a joking manner. When the match was over, Gayle came back out on the field to thank the crowd for their support.

A reluctant Gayle had to go back, the restless crowd had to wait more and the moment never came again. At the end of it all, Gayle came out on to the ground, and waved to his adoring ‘home’ fans. Later, Fletcher was asked about how he felt when crowd were cheering for his dismissal almost. Fletcher, his french beard widening with a lovely big smile, said, ”I don’t think they wanted me out. Chris is Chris, he is a great T20 batsman. Everyone loves to see him to bat. I also would like to see him bat!” 

 

 

Check out West Indies batsman Chris Gayle being dragged back by an Umpire in ICC World Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka :

 

https://youtu.be/4aysHM4EhbY

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