West Indies star opener Chris Gayle had once attempted to flirt with a female presenter on live TV. Little did we know the incident will later influence the choice of name for his first-born.
On Thursday, Gayle posted a picture of himself and his wife on Instagram to welcome “the arrival” of his “beautiful daughter 'Blush' to this world”.
For anyone not familiar with what seems to have inspired the name, the story goes back a few months. Ten Network reporter Mel McLaughlin found herself being asked out for a drink during an interview with the burly West Indian after he blasted 41 runs off 15 balls in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). Live on air, Gayle — who later insisted he was just joking — said he was happy to be interviewed by McLaughlin “just to see your eyes for the first time”.
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“Nice, so hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after,” he said.
“Don’t blush baby,” the Jamaican added, prompting the unimpressed McLaughlin to shake her head and reply, “I’m not blushing.”
But it seems the joke is never getting old.
Gayle took to Twitter later and thanked everyone “for the sweet and kind messages.” He added that “Blush won’t Blush, my baby.”
Thank you all for the sweet and kind messages 😍. Blush won't Blush, my baby 😉. 😜— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) April 21, 2016
Gayle was fined $7,000 by his Big Bash team The Melbourne Renegades and received a lot of condemnation from the cricketing world for the comments which seem to have inspired his baby’s name.
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It will be interesting to see what Gayle will do when someone tells her daughter not to blush.
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Many took to Twitter to laugh at the "epic troll":
Chris Gayle names his daughter 'blush' 😏😏— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) April 21, 2016
Chris Gayle named his baby as— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 21, 2016
" Blush "
This is epic troll from the big man! 😂
"Mummy why am I called 'Blush'?"— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 21, 2016
"Well, dear. It's a long story, but when Mummy was pregnant Daddy was away on one of his work trips and..."
@henrygayle now you can Blush Baby... Congrats to your family— The Silent Guardian (@bilalkhandx) April 21, 2016