Universal Boss Chris Gale has stated that the opposition bowlers are still scared of him but he admitted the fact that it is no longer as easy playing against his young guns as it used to be a few years ago. The hard-hitting left-handed batsman is all set to appear in his 5th World Cup. The southpaw has been in superb touch and proved his worth even during the Indian Premier League. The upcoming 2019 World Cup in all expectations will be his last World Cup.
“Youngsters coming at my head – it’s not as easy as it was like one time before,” Chris Gayle told cricket.com.au on the eve of their unofficial warm-up match against Australia. “I was quicker then. But they’ll be wary. They know what the Universe Boss is capable of. I’m sure they will have it in the back of their mind, ‘Hey, this is the most dangerous batsman they’ve ever seen in cricket’.
“Go ask them on camera. They’re going to say, no, they’re not scared. But you ask them off the camera, they going to say, ‘Yeah, he’s the man. He’s the man’. They’re going to say, ‘he’s the man’.
“But I’m enjoying it. I’m always enjoying the battle against fast bowlers, it’s good. Sometimes those things actually give you extra drive as a batter. When you have a battle, I like those challenges.”
Chris Gayle was in superb form during the ODI series in England when he smashed 424 runs at a staggering average of 106 which also included 39 sixes. However, he had retired after the series but just 10 days after that he decided to return and looked in sensational touch. He also brought up his 2nd highest ODI score and also helped Windies register their highest score of the tournament. Despite being in the twilight of his career, Gayle credited it to his passion and support of his fans which have driven him to perform well.
“It’s the love for the game,” he said at a press interaction. “But sometimes sportsmen don’t know when to walk away. You might think you’re still at your peak but eventually, you have to leave the game at some point. But enjoying is important. I’m enjoying it and having fun. Especially with a great group of guys.
“All this is going to play a key part for me as an individual. These guys spur you on and the fans are always asking you for sixes and those sort of things give you the extra drive. There’s nothing to go and prove.”