“Honestly I do it for the fans”- Gayle on his fifth World Cup appearance
West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle reveals that hard work and passion in the last couple of years helped him to play another World Cup for West Indies.
Gayle is going to the World Cup as the most experienced player among all. It will be his fifth World Cup appearance and sadly his last appearance too. “Time flies rapidly,” the universal boss said.
“I would never dream of playing such a significant number of World Cups, however it has occurred. It demonstrates consistency in the profession. That props you up and acquire a great deal of commendation. Hard work in the last couple of years has paid off. People need to see you more and you are trying to deliver however much as could reasonably be expected.”
Gayle also admitted that he would have retired earlier but support and love from fans kept him in the game. “Honestly [I do it for] the fans, I am not going to mislead anybody. Perhaps two or three years back, the idea [of retiring] crossed,” he said. “At that point the fans turned out and stated, ‘don’t go’. They really drive me to go on. I know nothing keeps going forever and, ideally, I can give them a couple of more games. What’s more, it likewise pushes you to win the World Cup.”
The 39-year old Gayle also shared his opinion about the recent changes in West Indies cricket board. “We have seen changes [in the cricket board] over the most recent few months,” Gayle said. “Cricket is the most significant thing for the Caribbean. Expectation they take the game to where it should be. On the field, we had a decent series against England. Presently the World Cup is coming up, and that is another open door for us to turn things around.”
Gayle has been in sublime form recently in one-day internationals. He scored 424 runs in just 4 innings against England in his last series with the strike rate of 134.17 averaging a huge 106.00 including two centuries and two half-centuries. Should he continue his form in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales, it will be a big headache for all the other teams to stop the most dangerous batsman in the world.
West Indies will begin their World Cup against Pakistan on May 32 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.