Colombo: The video for hit song Gangnam Style was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most “liked” video in YouTube history last week.
The song by South Korean rapper Psy has even spread like wildfire in Colombo, not only amongst youngsters but cricket fans too — thanks largely to West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, who came up with his own wacky version of the dance.
Gangnam style is reportedly a satire on the lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed "class", so Psy is poking fun at the people who are trying hard to be something that they’re not.
Gayle performed the dance for TV cameramen after steering his team to the World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka. “It is a dance on the grave of the Australians,” remarked one scribe.
Within minutes of his on-pitch dance, I was lucky enough to snatch a few minutes with him. When asked about his moves, he said: “It just happened...not really planned. That’s me. Depending on the mood I am in, I do something crazy. But it’s a good dance.”
Many youngsters were seen trying out the moves on their way back home after the match, with one saying: “I hope Gayle does not get to perform this again on Sunday. We are hoping Tillakaratne Dilshan, who can also dance well, performs instead.”
But Gayle is in no mood to stop. “Definitely we are going to rock against Sri Lanka. We’re looking forward to it. We played them in one of the Super Eight games and so we know what to expect — the atmosphere, the noise and everything.”
Gayle’s dance is now being seen as a symbol of the Caribbean side’s resurgence, with even their side’s coach, Ottis Gibson, joining in after their semi-final win over Australia.
Sprinter Usain Bolt, who is a Jamaican like Gayle, was obviously enjoying the fun and he tweeted after Gayle’s knock of 75 off 41 balls: “Going Going West Indies... Gayle you know how Jamaicans do it.”
Before walking away from our interview, in his typical style with a wide grin, Gayle proclaimed: “This World Cup is definitely ours... sorry Sri Lanka. I know the support will be more for West Indies on Sunday. We love Sri Lanka, but sorry, it is going to be West Indies all the way. It will be a good final but we will be on top, definitely.”