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When Brian Lara feared Chris Gayle would break his Test record

When Brian Lara feared Chris Gayle would break his Test record

first_imgOutspoken Chris Gayle has revealed in his autobiography “Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It” that Brian Lara feared Gayle would break his record during his innings of 317 against South Africa in 2005. Lara holds the record for the highest individual score of 400 not out against England in 2004 at St John’s. (Latest Cricket stories)Gayle wrote Lara checked the scoreboard time and again and looked worried as he inched closer to his record.”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. (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,” Gayle writes in “Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It”. (Gayle a target of headline makers, says Darren Sammy)’NO ADVICE FROM LARA'”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.” (I’m a victim of double standards, says Gayle)’I MAKE 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.”advertisementNOT ARROGANT”Maybe they misinterpret things. Maybe it’s the way I bat.”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.”AN ENTERTAINER”As a cricketer my energy comes from being in the middle. If I can’t bat, then give me the ball.”ON WOMEN”You’ll always have women out there who’ll want to touch you, want to throw themselves at you.”That’s something you have to handle out there. You get honey traps in cricket too. As part of the game’s regulations we have to attend anti-corruption lessons. They let us be aware that there are stings on the prettiest flowers. Not everything good be great, okay?””A woman loves a compliment. They love to hear how good they look. I learned that early. Just spill it out. You see some men thinking exactly as men. It’s not, ‘You want a car, baby?’ Simple little things. Think as a woman. Counsel them.”Pay attention to them, and you’re good to go.”In my later days, if a girl throws herself at me, I’m not interested. Too easy, no fun. When you’re young, anything comes, you go. You have so much energy. It’s all new. It’s all an adventure. Enjoyment everywhere you look.”last_img read more