Johannesburg: Flamboyant batsman Chris Gayle - counted among the greats in the T20 format - is hailed as the 'Universal Boss' of the shortest format of the game. The 40-year old Jamaican has been one of the standout players of his generations for West Indies in white ball cricket.
The Windies star recently bid an emotional goodbye to Mzansi Super League campaign following a disastrous campaign as his team Jozi Stars lost all six games they played in this year's Mzansi Super League in South Africa.
The 'Universal Boss' of T20 cricket has hit out at his critics by saying that he gets no respect and once he fails to score runs, he becomes the worst player.
"I am not talking for this team only. This is something I have analysed over the years playing franchise cricket," Gayle was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "Chris Gayle is always a burden if I don't score runs, two, three, four times. It seems like that one particular individual is the burden for the team. And then you will hear bickering. I am not going to get respect. People don't remember what you have done for them. I don't get respect."
Gayle said that the criticism was not reserved just for his current franchise. The hard hitting batsman won’t be part of Jozi Stars when they play their last four games in the league stage.
"And I am not talking about this franchise. I am talking generally. Even from players as well, I am talking. Players, management, head of management, board members. Chris Gayle never get no respect. Once Chris Gayle fails, it's the end of his career, he is no good, he is the worst player and all these other things. I've generally overcome these things and I expect these things and I have lived with these things," he said.