Dhoni, Gayle exchange banter on stage
New Delhi: Two of the biggest and hardest hitters of the cricket ball, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Chris Gayle engaged in some on stage banter at an event here on Monday, mimicking each other and having some fun.
West Indian batting great Gayle first mimicked Dhoni’s patent helicopter shot in front of the media and others as India’s limited over captain made fun of the Jamaican left-hander’s running between the wickets.
Gayle is famous for hitting big shots and infamous for not running between the wickets a lot. At that, Gayle piped: “Actually, I am the quickest between the wickets”, only to get a reply from Dhoni that “yes that is true. Chris is the quickest from the leg stump to the off stump” before enacting Gayle’s batting style.
Gayle also talked about his friendship with fellow Jamaican — and the fastest man on the planet — Usain Bolt, joking that someday he may outrun the 100 metres sprint king.
The 36-year-old Gayle, who has played 103 Tests and 269 One-Day Internationals (ODI), told the audience that he had recently met Bolt and partied with him, also posting a photograph of the two together on Twitter.
Just then Dhoni, at his wittiest best, asked if the audience knew how Bolt had learnt how to run that fast.
“Actually Gayle used to hit those long sixes and Bolt would run and get them back. That is how he got his speed,” replied Dhoni which sent the audience into splits.