West Indies’ swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle is eager to play international cricket till he reaches 50 before expressing he is also eyeing a Test return in 2018 after playing his last Test in 2014 against Bangladesh.
“I want to be the first man to play till 50,” explosive opener Gayle told Fox Sports.
The 37-year-old Jamaica-born left-handed batsman Gayle, who is also known as the ‘Universe Boss’, stated he wants his daughter Chrisalina to watch her dad play cricket for the Caribbean side.
“I’d love her [Chrisalina] to see me play cricket. I want her to just turn up in the stands and watch dad play a game of cricket, I’d love her to actually witness it one day,” Gayle said.
Gayle is looking forward to make a potential Test return in 2018 to set new feats in the longer format of the game.
“I will play again. I want to score 400 runs in a Test match. I’ve done two triples, I think I can push it to four [hundred],” Gayle added.
The crowd favourite Gayle has played 103 Tests for the West Indies in which he has amassed 7214 runs at an average of 42.18. He has scored two triple-centuries followed by 15 centuries and 37 half-centuries.
“A lot of people want to see me back in Test cricket, a lot of people. That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t announced I’ve retired because wherever I go, people want to see me play Test cricket, to give it one more shout, that’s why I’m holding out,” Gayle remarked.
“Age is something, it’s a number. It’s about the body, when you’re young you can get away with a lot of things, you definitely do a lot more partying,” Gayle remarked.
Gayle, who last represented West Indies in the 2016 World T20, has expressed there is plenty left to achieve for him as a professional cricketer.
“You have to keep in shape and you have to start eating properly as well, now, being older now, you have to do all these things. Freshen up the body and make sure you can actually last longer.” Gayle revealed.
Gayle has also played 269 ODIs and 50 T20Is for the Windies and has scored 9,221 runs and 1,519 respectively.