'Champion' Gayle aims to dance to winning tune

MUMBAI • When the West Indies won their sole World Twenty20 cricket title in 2012 they famously celebrated by performing "Gangnam Style".

If they triumph in India, they will be dancing to a different tune.

Big-hitting batsman Chris Gayle performed a little jig at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, after smashing his way to a 47-ball unbeaten 100 that included 11 sixes in the win over England.

"The new jig is called 'Champion'," West Indies coach Phil Simmons explained afterwards. "That's the dance from Dwayne Bravo's new single."

West Indies all-rounder Bravo launched the song, called Champion, in Mumbai this week.

The lyrics reference various sporting heroes and political icons and includes the line "Everybody knows Gayle is a champion".

The left-hander, nicknamed "Gayle Force" and "Gayle Storm", hit one monstrous six after another against England as he lit up the sixth edition of the World T20 during his side's six-wicket triumph.

Simmons said the 36-year-old was up there with West Indies batting great Vivian Richards as one of the most destructive batsman in the history of cricket.

Meanwhile, fans from cricket-mad India and Pakistan have exchanged support on Facebook, with the hashtag "ProfileforPeace" trending ahead of their teams' clash tomorrow.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said he had been bowled over by the move.

"Something pretty interesting is happening in India and Pakistan on Facebook right now," he said in a post. "Hundreds of thousands of Indian cricket fans are putting the Pakistani frame around their picture. And Pakistani fans are doing the same thing - showing support for India."

Mumbai-based artist Ram Subramanian, who changed his colours to those of Pakistan, said he hoped the trend would make both governments realise that many Indians and Pakistanis do not hate or mistrust each other.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2016, with the headline ''Champion' Gayle aims to dance to winning tune'. Print Edition | Subscribe