Christopher Henry Gayle, one of modern day game’s most ferocious son, is 37 years old, and he is not done yet. Speaking exclusively to Fox Sports, Gayle said he has some ambitions left to fulfill.
Having played his last Test match in September 2014, Gayle said he is eyeing a comeback in the longer format and is keen to walk down the history books, by breaking Brain Lara’s world record of 400 runs in Tests.
Lara, one of the West Indies most decorated batsman ever, achieved this historic feat against England in 2004 in St.Jones, 10 years after he registered the highest individual score of 375 against the same side on the very same ground. Matthew Hayden of Australia, though, broke Lara’s earlier record by amassing 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth, 2003.
On the other hand Gayle, who is only the fourth batsman to score two triple hundreds in Tests, believes he can very much top the chart of highest individual score.
Not only this, Gayle also went back in time and spoke about the controversy that rocked BBL last year, saying he doesn’t regret making talkative statements and that also he can’t get over the ‘Don’t Blush, Baby’ comment to Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin.
“You can’t hide away from it, to be honest. If I walk on the street that’s the first thing (people) say to me.”
Playing for Melbourne Renegades, Gayle was interacting with McLaughlin during the mid-match interview and notoriously asked her to come in for a date with him. He said, ‘That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. Hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink later.‘
And when the reporter seemed uncomfortable with the remarks, Gayle said, ‘Don’t Blush Baby‘.
His words, however, landed him in trouble, as he was fined $10,000 by Cricket Australia and was also released from his BBL franchise post that. Even in the ongoing season of BBL, Gayle wasn’t picked by any of the sides.
Talking about his omission, Gayle said it was his decision to opt out and not any of the franchises one, saying they couldn’t afford him this time around.
“The reason I’m not playing the Big Bash is because the Universe Boss decided not to play the Big Bash this season. If the Big Bash can afford me next season (I’ll consider coming back).”
Chris Gayle last played an international match in T20 World Cup in March 2016, when the West Indies defeated England in the last over thriller.