New Delhi: After joining Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), swashbuckling West Indian batsman Chris Gayle got an opportunity to stay in its owner Vijay Mallya’s beachfront mansion in Goa where he spent five days as “the king of the villa” and also rode the latter’s three-wheeler Harley-Davidson. Gayle mentions this in his autobiography “Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It”, published by Penguin Random House. While playing for RCB in the IPL, Gayle heard of Mallya’s villa from team manager George Avinash.
Incidentally, there was a five-day break between two matches and Gayle was quite keen to go there though his teammates weren’t. “What to do? George pipes up again. ‘Believe me, big man, you should definitely check it out.’ Oh-kay . What could possibly go wrong? So I decide to go by myself. Fly down there, picked up in a sweet car and driven to Candolim, come down the driveway and whaaat? “It’s bigger than most hotels. It’s cooler than any house I’ve ever seen,” writes Gayle. Speaking elaborately, he says, “It’s James Bond, it’s Playboy Mansion, it’s the land of plenty in white concrete and glass. I’m trying not to stare, but there’s so much to stare at that there’s only room in my mind for one thought: ‘Chris, this gonna be interesting…’ “I’ve got the entire villa for myself. I’m getting a tour.
Wherever I go I’ve got two butlers walking with me at all times. Me alone, like a king! I go in the first pool. I go in the second pool. I walk the lawn, in my robe. I go back in the pool with a Kingfisher beer and then I stay in the pool and the Kingfisher beers keep coming, which makes sense because the one place they’re not going to run out of Kingfisher beers is in the Kingfisher villa.” PTI
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