Port of Spain: Cold-shouldered by the West Indies Cricket Board for the first two ODIs, Chris Gayle has found support from the players' association which congratulated the dashing opener for his exploits in the recently concluded Indian Premier League.
The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) sent congratulatory messages to Gayle, Jerome Taylor, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, for their impressive performance in the cash-rich Twenty20 league.
The special mention was obviously reserved for Gayle, who emerged as the top-scorer with a whopping 608 runs - including two centuries - and adjudged Player of the Tournament.
WIPA also highlighted the performances of Pollard.
"Gayle's participation was particularly noteworthy since he was a latecomer to the tournament, but ended it by powering his team to the finals," 'Jamaica Gleaner' quoted a WIPA media release.
"After 12 matches, he amassed 608 runs, made the highest score of 107 and recorded a phenomenal strike rate of 183.13.
His impact on this year's IPL was such that several cricket commentators have dubbed 'IPL Four' as Chris Gayle's tournament," the release further stated.
WIPA also highlighted the performances of Pollard, who captured the tournament's most catches award, and Bravo, who was a member of the winning Chennai Super Kings team, saying that they had contributed to making the region feel proud.
"We are certain that the majority of West Indian cricket fans share the pride of their achievements. Our cricket can still reach the pinnacle of the world game if the environment and conditions are right," said the release.