When Chris Gayle reached his fifty today, he punched the air with both hands and then shook his head. Maybe he doesn’t think this Test feels like much of an occasion.
We don’t know exactly, but to us it seemed like a cricketer who didn’t think much of his own achievement, which is a bit sad as it was a vicious, counter-punching innings that deserved a bigger stage. That seems to be Gayle’s point.
Whatever the reason, we don’t want cricketers to treat any Test as a duff match they can’t be arsed with. Whatever your opinion of Gayle’s pre-match comments about how it wouldn’t be so sad if Test cricket died, he should still be playing in front of a full house. Test fifties, hundreds and wickets should get a reception that fits the achievement.