Football and Cricket, two of the most popular sports in the world have often seen players from both fields interested in the other sport.
Over the years, footballers have known to enjoy an over or two while the cricketers are often seen playing a light-hearted game of football as a part of the warm-up routines.
So the fact that one of the biggest superstars in world cricketer would have been a footballer if he had not been successful with the bat does not come as a big surprise.
West Indies star batsmen and RCB’s explosive opener Chris Gayle opened up in a recent interview and said that he would have become a professional footballer if he was not a cricketer and the greatest one at it.
Popularly a Cristiano Ronaldo fan, Gayle, who celebrated one of his recent centuries with the trademark celebration of the footballing great promptly replied when asked about his alternative career.
“Cristiano Ronaldo! I would be the best footballer in the world if I wasn’t a cricketer,” Gayle said with a smirk on his face.
The 36-year old has not had the best of times in the current IPL season with scores of 1 and 0 backed with a 7 in a recent game against the KKR. He spoke about the pressure that his reputation put him in and about his time in Bangalore.
The RCB opener admitted that the pressure is always high on him and that the Indian city is almost like a home to him.
“Bangalore is like a second home to me. I do feel a lot of pressure, especially at the start of the game, because the expectation is so high, and everybody expects you to go perform in each and every innings,” Gayle said.
He explained that it was important to stay concentrated and that if you keep calm, you can be at your best.
“I try to keep calm and more relaxed. Once you get a start, everything will eventually flow and get into place. But it is good to feel a little bit of pressure,” he added.
The amount of T20 cricket in recent times has seen as many as 14 players pick up various injuries throughout the current IPL season and Gayle who was busy in the last few months felt that it was important to adjust to the conditions quickly.
“To play international cricket we have to travel the world so much, so we make the necessary adjustments and adapt to them,” Gayle revealed in the interview.
He came back into the squad for RCB in the recent game against KKR after missing 3 games to fly back to the Caribbean to meet his newly born daughter Blush.
Surely, the happy happenings in his family might give the 36-year old some needed confidence lacking in his batting at the moment.