Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

After T20 dud, Chris Gayle targets his 100th Test

Gayle launches his brand of shoes in Mumbai.  ( Source: Express photo by Silip Kagda ) Gayle launches his brand of shoes in Mumbai. ( Source: IE Photo Dilip Kagda )
Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Posted: May 26, 2014 1:42 am | Updated: May 26, 2014 2:33 pm

Chris Gayle had a disappointing run for  Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL-7, scoring 198 runs in 9 innings. He appeared to be troubled by a back spasm and an injury to his right leg.  Gayle is now be consulting doctors in Germany about his injuries. Gayle admitted that he was not completely fit at IPL 7 but added that with his T20 season over he is looking to regaining his fitness for his 100th Test to be played back home in Jamaica in June.  Excerpts:

On RCB’s performance
We all are disappointed, all are hurting.The last two years we didn’t make it to the final so we wanted to make it this year very badly. We had a new faces in the team as well but it just didn’t happen. Life goes on and we are still going to keep pushing next year and play better as a team.

On his 100th Test
It will mean a lot to me. I have been serving West Indies cricket for the last 13 years and going on to 14 years now, I am actually looking forward to this milestone. I have missed out on last couple of months because of injury. I was supposed to get past this milestone a long time back but it didn’t happen. As a cricketer these things happen and you pick injuries at crucial times. I have still an injury now and I am trying to get it sorted as quickly as possible so I can be fully fit for the special occasion. It is going to be played at home so it is a big occasion for me and for the people back home too. I don’t have much time but hopefully it work out and I will be back on the field quickly.

On his injuries
It started at the end of the T20 World Cup. I thought initially it was a simple thing but I went back home for a couple of days. Then I travelled back to Dubai to play in the IPL and when I started training I found it difficult. I could not bat properly and bending was a problem and sprinting between the wickets was a problem even though you guys don’t see me running much. It was difficult but I tried my best.

On West indies captaincy
The West Indies Board made the decision. Nothing lasts forever. I have been in that position as well, I have been the captain before. Maybe they are looking towards a younger guy leading towards the future as well. You have to give the younger guy some sort of exposure with experienced players.

On Kohli’s performance
I still think Virat will be the next Indian captain after Dhoni. The passion is the same, the way he speaks in the team continued…

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