Popularly known as the Universal Boss, Chris Gayle is all set to appear in his 5th and final World Cup. He has derived a process for himself to remain fit even at the age of 39. His routine has kept him away from the gym sessions for around a couple of months.
His fitness mantra includes an extensive yoga session followed by a massage which allows him to recover after a hard day’s play. He is naturally big and strong which allows avoiding gym on most occasions. Despite missing the gym, he stays fit for a match day and is expected to play a major part if Windies harbours hopes of winning their 3rd World Cup.
He comes to the World Cup on the back of some sensational form for Windies and also in the IPL. He finished the tournament with 490 runs. “It is a funny game you know. When the World Cup comes, hopefully, the runs would flow. I have a lot of experience, so I know what it is like. I am just happy with the way I am batting right now and hope to carry on,” Chris Gayle said on Wednesday.
Chris Gayle always backs himself to play the big shots. He stated that age does catch up but you a person actually believes he can do it then the body starts behaving accordingly. He was quite exceptional during the ODI series against England where he smashed 39 sixes in matches and followed it up with 34 sixes in the IPL. Certainly, it is madness at it’s very best from the big man from Jamaica.
“Age catches up as you ain’t getting any younger. But the most important thing for me is the mental part of the game. It is not so much for about the physical side of the game anymore. I have not done much fitness in the last couple of months.
“I use my experience and mental aspect. I have not done gym for some time. Like I said I am just taking a lot of rest, getting a lot of massages, lots of stretching, just trying to stay fresh for games. I know what is required to keep me going on the field,” said Chris Gayle.
Chris Gayle has seen several ups and downs with the Windies team. Some of the elite players have decided not to b part of the Test when they were not paid their dues by the Windies Cricket Board. However, after the historical series victory against England, it seems that the chances of revival of the big players is a possibility.
“We have seen changes (in cricket board) in the last couple of months. Hopefully, the new team gets it right, gets the structure in place. Cricket is the most important thing for the Caribbean. Hope they take the game to where it is supposed to be.
“It will take time of course. Lot of things need to be rebuilt. On the field, we had a good series against England, now the World Cup is coming up and that is another opportunity for us to turn things around,” signed off Gayle.