Nobody knows that I was diagnosed with a hole in my heart in Australia, not even my parents : Chris Gayle

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Most of us know West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle as a destructive batsman on the field. And off the field he is infamous for being a party-animal.

But on Friday, the big hitter of cricket ball, showed an emotional side.

In a very candid interview, Chris Gayle revealed that he started enjoying life only after he underwent a heart surgery in Australia way back in 2005. During the West Indies tour to Australia in 2005, Gayle underwent an operation to repair a hole in his heart, a fact which is not known to all and only revealed to his parents only after the surgery was successfully completed.

“Nobody knows that I was diagnosed with a hole in my heart in Australia, not even my parents. I was forced to undergo a surgery and I only informed my parents after the procedure,” Gayle said during the launch of his autobiography “Six Machine” at New Delhi.

“Back then, I realised the importance of life. It was a life changing moment for me. Thereafter I decided to enjoy my life to the fullest and I am still doing so,” Gayle said.

Talking about his autobiography, Gayle said that the book will give an insight to an altogether different side of his character.

“While playing cricket and off the field I am doing a lot of entertainment but my book will give an insight into my life, my childhood, my struggle. Most people haven’t seen the other side of Chris Gayle.

“It will be as much entertaining as my batting. It will bring the different side of Gayle,” he said.