Isn't a Gayle Just a Lot of Wind?

stoph verismoContributor IMay 19, 2009

CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Graham Onions of England celebrates taking the wicket of Chris Gayle of West Indies during day four of the 2nd npower test match between England and West Indies at The Riverside on May 17, 2009 in Chester-le-Street, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Quite clearly, Gayle did not have his "game face" on when he stepped off the plane for the English series. Given that the fixture was relatively late to be finalised, it would seem the top Windie doesn't have the fast paced mind his love of short form cricket would imply! Or is his mind so fast paced, that he can't comprehend the intricacies of the five-day game? The results of that series leads me to believe the latter.

Or, is he so money-focused that he can't see a value to cricket (test)? It has always been a bit of an issue in West Indies moral (when not winning) that there is no "nation" to play for, only a region. But I'm sure there would be plenty of young players who would give an unprotected left nut to play at an international level...any form of the game.

Whether Gayle's remarks were just a knee jerk reaction to the rushed nature of the tour, a long flight and the cold weather of Blighty juxtaposed against the tropical Caribbean, it doesn't behove a team captain to denigrate the great game. If Gayle is not inclined to play five days for a pay check, I'm sure he can make a year's income in the IPLor is he just too greedy? And that is where I'd prefer him, with this attitude!

Stoph Verismo
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