Chris Gayle has welcomed the arrival of his first daughter, and took to social media to announce he has named her Blush.
Gayle left his Indian Premier League club Royal Challengers Bangalore to rush back to the Caribbean to be with his partner for the birth of his first child this week, and had announced her arrival on his social media platforms within hours.
"We would like to welcome the arrival of our beautiful daughter 'Blush' to this world 2 hours ago, Thank God" Gayle posted on his social accounts, along with a photo of his partner Tasha.
The name the Jamaican batsman and his partner Natasha Berridge have chosen for their daughter is sure to raise eyebrows. The circumstances left many wondering if was an attempt at humour given Gayle's infamous history with the phrase "don't blush baby". Gayle's use of inverted commas around 'Blush' in his announcement post led many to think the name was a hoax.
In January, Gayle was at the centre of a controversy in the KFC Big Bash League after his awkward attempts to flirt with Network 10 boundary-line reporter Mel McLaughlin.
Gayle was interviewed by McLaughlin following his dismissal in the Melbourne Renegades BBL clash with the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena, where he suggested the pair "should go out for a drink" after the match was over.
Gayle's uncomfortable and awkward advances where swiftly defused by McLaughlin, with the Jamaican then telling the reporter "don't blush, baby".
Gayle apologised the next day for his "simple joke" and McLaughlin said she had been left "embarrassed, angry and upset" by the interview.
Gayle was fined $10,000 by Cricket Australia for the remarks but the West Indian said his comments had been "blown way out of proportion".
"A lot of things have flared up from a simple comment, a joke, a simple joke on air and it seemed to went out of proportion," Gayle said.
"There wasn't anything at all meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel and if she felt that way I'm really sorry for that. There wasn't any harm meant in that particular way to any particular person like that.
"It was a simple joke, the game was going on. Entertainment, things get out of proportion but these things do happen."
Gayle's IPL club Bangalore lost last night's match against the Mumbai Indians, although his replacement in the side, South Australian Travis Head, had an impressive debut, scoring 37 off 24 balls before he was run out pushing for a second in the final over.
Head launched two huge sixes and hit another two boundaries as his innings fired Bangalore after they lost star batsmen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the same over.
Gayle's daughter arrives as former West Indies teammate Tino Best had an extract from his autobiography published in the UK's Daily Mail. In the extract Best claimed to have slept with more than 500 women and that Gayle "doesn't indulge in too much bad stuff".
"He's a good man, Chris," Best wrote. "The most fun on a night out is Dwayne Bravo. We complemented each other very well when we played for the West Indies together. I'll give him an award now: he's the best wingman going!"