Bangalore: Star batsman Chris Gayle courted controversy on Thursday when he allegedly pushed a reporter of a regional TV channel when the media person tried to film the cricketer while he was shopping.

The former West Indies captain also tried to snatch the camera and the microphone from the channel crew.

The big bodied Jamaican who is playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore was livid when he found out that the members of a particular local channel followed him as he entered one of the shops at the Brigade Road here.

Taking it as an intrusion in his privacy, Gayle abused the channel crew and tried to rough them up.

If that wasn''t enough, Gayle''s bodyguards also allegedly attempted to assault the journalists. As things threatened to turn ugly, a number of onlookers came to the rescue of the media team and there was heated argument with the cricketer.

Sensing danger, Gayle along with his guards fled from the spot without offering any apology.

The journalists then approached City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji with an intention to file a complaint against Gayle. The CP then directed the team to DC (Central Division) G Ramesh and instructed them to give it in writing.

"Action will be initiated on whatever the crew gives in writing," Mirji said.