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.
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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 meeting to his players, to get them to perform. He is still the guy for the job.
On facing Yohan Blake
I have played against him during a charity match and he got me out. Guess who took the catch. Usain Bolt! Both of them got my wicket. We are going to get him (Blake) to RCB next year once he is free. We will give him a crack in the IPL and tell him to go and prove himself bowl as fast as he can!.