I Still Want To Play Test Cricket, At Least One Last Match, Says Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle’s Test credentials can fit him into any West Indies XI that has played so far historically. The Jamaican superstar has been an amazing contributor to West Indies cricket. But, his presence in the national team has been limited in recent years.
It has been something which has caused an upset among a lot of fans back home. But, the positive fact has been that whenever he has turned up for the West Indies side, the 37-year-old has always tried to put his best foot forward.
“As a player, I will always be grateful because that’s where it all started. We are all passionate about our cricket and when we step out on to the field, expectations are always high. There is an immense pressure which comes with wearing that maroon outfit and I honestly thrive under it.”
“Often, for the past couple of years, we haven’t been able to get the kind of results our people want to see, but we are rebuilding now. Just to ensure the new crop of youngsters are mentored well, it is important for seniors to be around.”
Always loved the Test format
For the T20 generation, Gayle remains a maverick of the shortest format. But, for the ones who know him since a long time span, know about his capability in the longest format as well.
‘I cherish Test cricket the most. I treasure my time in whites for West Indies because that’s the format for which I have worked the hardest. Two triple centuries and an average of above 40 speaks for my Test cricket credentials. While I still want to play Test cricket, at least one last match, I’m not sure if my body will agree with the demands of the five-day game. But yes… one last time will be good.
Business interests in India
Being optimistic is always great but turning a blind eye to reality can be dangerous especially as a cricketer. Once the playing days are over, there isn’t much to do apart from coaching and commentary. A few might not find it interesting. The colourful Gayle can be put into that category.
The Jamaican himself acknowledges the fact and has now started to look beyond cricketing interest to secure his post-cricketing life.
“Yes, IONA, a virtual gaming venture, is one of them because India is my second home. Cricket is the No. 1 priority, but at the same time, when I get a chance to venture into business, I want to do that because cricket career is short. You are always looking to fall back on something. You don’t want to just walk away from the game and then scamper and then start a business”
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