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Gayle fury hits the street

May 19, 2011 18:56 IST

Star batsman Chris Gayle courted controversy on Thursday when he allegedly pushed a reporter of a regional television channel as the latter tried to film him while he was shopping.

The former West Indies captain also tried to snatch the camera and microphone from the channel crew.

The Jamaican, who is playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, was livid when he found out that the crew of a particular local channel was following him as he entered one of the shops at Brigade Road in Bangalore.

Taking it as an intrusion on his privacy, Gayle abused the crew and tried to rough them up.

If that wasn't enough, his bodyguards also allegedly attempted to assault the journalists.

As things threatened to turn ugly, a number of onlookers came to the rescue of the media team and there was heated argument with the cricketer.

Sensing trouble, Gayle and his guards fled from the spot without offering any apology.

The journalists then approached City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji with an intention of filing a complaint against Gayle. The commissioner directed them team to his deputy (Central Division) G Ramesh and instructed them to give it in writing.

"Action will be initiated on whatever the crew gives in writing," Mirji said.