Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake asks the fans to have patience with the current West Indies team and continue to support them.
Blake spoke to the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian during the opening day of the second Test match of the Sir Frank Worrell series at Sabina Park yesterday. The man who has brought tremendous success and glory to Jamaica and the Caribbean on the track said he loves cricket and had to be at the Test match to support the regional players.
“This is our team and we must continue to support these guys when they go out there to play. If you look at the team, you would realise how many young players we have, so we have to have patience with them and support them and they would come through.
“When (Usain) Bolt and I train we will always speak of the West Indies cricket. When we travel the world to take part in our discipline we remember and keep in touch with the fortunes of our team.”
Just like Bolt, Blake was a cricketer in his school days and used to play for St. Catherine’s in the SDA T20 league.
”Ever since I was in school, I would admire all the heroes of West Indies cricket and this attracted me to the sport. I enjoy playing my cricket whenever I get the chance and I am happy that I get the opportunity to play off and on. I am a bit of a everything really. I like to bowl but also enjoy my batting, so you can say I am an all-rounder.”
With the Olympics coming up next year in Brazil, he says that these days he is trying to keep things simple, training hard and looking forward to the Jamaican national trials.
“I am looking to keep it simple, focus on what I have to do and I am looking forward to the trials and will be taking it from there, as we look towards the Olympics.”
Yohan Blake who is also known as the “The Beast”, was the youngest ever 100m champion when he won the gold medal in the 2011 World Championships. Blake’s personal 100m best of 9.69 seconds makes him the second fastest man along with Tyson Gay, after Usian Bolt.
The West Indies cricket which is going through a rough patch in the recent times needs the support of superstars like Blake to boost up their moral and performance so that they can revive the long lost glory of the Caribbean nation in the cricketing field.