On 9th September, West Indies flamboyant opener Chris Gayle,launched his book ‘Six Machine’ in New Delhi.
At an event attended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur and legendary batsman Virender Sehwag, Thakur was full of praise for Gayle’s autobiography.
He started off by speaking about India-West Indies ties and how cricket binds the two nations together.
“We (India and West Indies) share the same history with them as we fought against imperialism. On a lighter note, he also added: “Australia, West Indies and India have won World Cups, but the masters of the game have not.”
Thakur also spoke about Gayle’s impact on the cricket world and his popularity in India.
“Chris Gayle is more popular in Kanpur than in Kingston. He brings cultures and countries together”, he said.
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) September 9, 2016
Twitter King, Sehwag carried his humour at the book launch as well, and there was a lot of friendly banter between the two swashbuckling openers. While talking about the West Indies opener, Sehwag said: “Chris has scored a three hundred, but doesn’t have a five wicket haul like me”, to which Gayle retorted “I have two 5-wicket hauls, Mr. Viru!”.
Sehwag also told the audience about his rapport with Gayle that has developed over the years. “He scored two-three hundreds in the first series against India, and I was mightily impressed. Now, Chris and me talk a lot always talk about sixes. He is a huge star and has made the game popular”, Sehwag added.
Gayle recently became a father of baby girl and conceded that he would want Sehwag to give him tips on fatherhood.
Sehwag was quick to respond that he will teach the Jamaican how to change diapers. He also wished Gayle all the best for his book: “I am confident that “Six Machine” will be well received by cricketing fans around the world.”
Gayle also revealed how the book gives an insight of his childhood.
“I’m really excited about releasing my first book. I hope it can reach far and wide, through cricket and beyond, for there are stories to tell and secrets I’ve waited a long time to share. Being me is fun. I don’t believe in boring. And Six Machine is me, in every way,” he concluded.