Brian Lara feared I might break his record, says Chris Gayle
In his controversial autobiography ‘Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket...I Love It’, West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has reportedly revealed that Brian Lara was worried about him eclipsing the latter’s record-breaking 400 not out during a Test in 2005. The big Jamaican has scored 2 triple centuries in the longest format, the first of which was an epic 317 against South Africa at Antigua in the year 2005. Gayle has mentioned that Lara was keeping a constant tab on the scoreboard and looked increasingly worried as the former progressed in his innings.
“Some players do care about records. When Brian Lara was out for four in that match, he sat in the dressing-room and read a book. Occasionally he would go out onto the balcony and check the scoreboard, then go back inside,” wrote Gayle in his autobiography. He added, “(Ramnaresh) Sarwan was watching him, because he was wondering. And every time Brian came out to see my score getting closer to his record, he looked more and more worried.”
Chris Gayle also speaks about how received no advice or encouragement whatsoever from the West Indian legend during his memorable knock. “When I came in for lunch and tea he didn't say anything to me. No advice, no 'Keep it going,' no 'Do it for the team.’ When I went back out he would go back to that slow shuttle: read inside on his own for a bit, come out to check my score, look worried.”
The southpaw also talks about the multiple records he holds and how he enjoys playing the game and making people happy. “I am the Six Machine. Twice as many T20 sixes as the next man, the highest score, the highest average, the most runs. More international one-day centuries than Brian Lara, more Test matches than Ian Botham, more Test catches than Clive Lloyd. I enjoy every day, and I make people happy.”
Apart from this, the dashing opener also clears the air about the general perception that he is an arrogant cricketer. “Maybe they misinterpret things. Maybe it's the way I bat,” he writes, “I play a lot of shots, and sometimes I get out. Maybe they think I don't care. Maybe that's how it looks on television, or through the pages of an old coaching manual. I play my shots and I get out. I get out on 40 so they say I don't care as much as the man who gets out on five.”
About how he loves to be involved with the game, Chris Gayle writes, “As a cricketer my energy comes from being in the middle. If I can't bat, then give me the ball.”