Bowlers are scared of me but won't admit: Gayle

Self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle on Wednesday boasted that bowlers across the world are “scared” of him but would not admit it on camera.

Gayle, who amassed 424 runs at an average of 106 in four matches against tournament favourites England earlier this year, has arrived in the United Kingdom for his fifth and final World Cup.

“Youngsters coming at my head — it’s not as easy as it was like one time before. I was quicker then. But they’ll be wary. They know what the Universe Boss is capable of. I’m sure they will have it in the back of their mind, ‘Hey, this is the most dangerous batsman they’ve ever seen in cricket’,” Gayle told cricket.com.au.

Asked if his opponents are still scared of him, Gayle said: “Can’t you tell? You go ask them. Go ask them on camera. They’re going to say, no, they’re not scared. But you ask them off the camera, they will say, ‘Yeah, he’s the man. He’s the man.’ They’re going to say, ‘he’s the man.’ “But they won’t say it (on camera), they won’t be frank and upfront and say, ‘Listen to me straight up, Chris Gayle is the man.