Chris Gayle went out with a bang after a Big Bash League season filled with controversy.
Playing his last match of the tournament with the Melbourne Renegades, Gayle matched the world record for the fastest half-century in international Twenty20 history.
Gayle equaled Indian batsman Yvraj Sing’s record by reaching 50 off 12 balls.
He ultimately was dismissed for 56 off 17 balls.
It was the first time in a while he made headlines for his play. Earlier this month he was widely criticised for comments he made to a female reporter during a live interview on the field.
Addressing the situation after the game via social media, Gayle wrote, in part:
“Thank you all so. The Haters. I thank you even more. I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front of my face could’ve had (sic) their say in the public when my so-called issue was going on, but don’t have the (courage) to stand firm when it matters.”