New Delhi: Chris Gayle is not your ordinary cricketer. He can wield the bat like a Greek god and the West Indian wants his weapons to be an extension of himself. Powerful and colourful.
On Saturday, the 36-year-old added more glitter to his bling life, with a golden bat, in Melbourne Renegades's win over Brisbane Heat at Gabba.
In his brief yet entertaining innings of 16 balls, Gayle hit two fours and two sixes. He and fellow opener Aaron Finch, who made 65 off 45 balls, laid a solid foundation to help the Melbourne outfit chase down Heat's total of 180 runs with three balls remaining in their Big Bash League match.
The bat was signature gold model for Gayle, manufactured by Spartan. Earlier, Spartan boss Kunal Sharma said, "There is a light spray of a beautiful gold colour over the bat, it is something that cricket hasn't seen before."
"We have infused a gold colour in the timber wood of the bat and there is sheen of a gold spray over the bat."
"There is no metal in the gold colouring we are using in the bat. There are restrictions on what you can and can't use in cricket bats. And you can't put metals into bat products because they can enhance strokeplay. This bat is fine because we haven't changed the make-up of it," Sharma added.
Cricket Australia head of operations Sean Cary also shared his thoughts on the bat, "Cricket Australia would assume that all players are using equipment that complies with the laws of Cricket and, if that's the case, there should be no issue."