Watch: Why Chris Gayle was dragged off-field by an umpire during the West Indies' World T20 match against Sri Lanka

There are several parties that would want to shove and drag Chris Gayle away from a cricket field — the opposition so that he doesn't play another smashing innings, or maybe female presenters so that he doesn't flirt with them.

 Watch: Why Chris Gayle was dragged off-field by an umpire during the West Indies World T20 match against Sri Lanka

Chris Gayle being dragged away from the field by the umpire. Screengrab from YouTube

But why would an umpire, at an ICC world event, drag him away when he comes in to bat?

Well, maybe because he came too soon.

West Indies batting stalwart Chris Gayle suffered a left hamstring twinge while fielding in the World Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka on Sunday and was away from the field during the Lankan innings.

It turns out Gayle hadn’t been off the field during the second innings for as long as he had been in the first, a prerequisite for any player who wants to return to the action after going off earlier in the match. Gould signalled “two more minutes” to the Windies bench, and once it seemed certain they were going to get home in a canter, Gould even jokingly dragged Gayle back to the dressing rooms, according to a FoxSports report.

"Chris Gayle suffered a left hamstring twinge. He will not bat. It is not a major injury, please don't speculate," said a West Indies spokesperson .

Gayle left for the dressing room before the end of Sri Lanka's innings even as the almost full crowd at Chinnaswamy stadium started chanting 'We want Gayle' to see the smasher in action after the West Indies started their chase of 123 runs.

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Updated Date: Mar 21, 2016 12:43:04 IST