On a personal level, Chris Gayle’s achievements on the cricket field is second to none. Two triple centuries in Tests, over 17,000 runs in international cricket along with two World T20 titles but the explosive batsman from Jamaica still has some unfinished job in the game.
The 37-year old has now said that he intends to play cricket until he is 50. The left-handed batsman revealed that his motivation behind playing on until he turns 50 is to allow his nine-month-old daughter Chrisalina the chance to watch him play one day.
“I want to be the first man to play till 50. I’d love her (daughter) 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,”
said Gayle in an interview with Fox Sports.
“Age is something, it’s (just) 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.”
Not only that, Gayle is also planning to make a comeback to the Test cricket. His last played in the longest format of the game in September 2014 but is now eyeing a comeback to score 400 runs.
“I will play again,”
said the 103 Tests veteran.
“I want to score 400 runs in a test match. I’ve done two triples, I think I can push it to four (hundred).
“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,”
The batsman is currently not in action and will take the field during the upcoming season of Pakistan Super League.