Universe Boss Chris Gayle has been picked in the Windies T20I squad against Sri Lanka for the upcoming three-match series to be played in the Caribbean. It will be a full-fledged series comprising of three T20Is, three ODI and two Tests. Gayle meanwhile has been picked only in the T20I squad. Aging 41, Gayle is still very much enjoying his cricket and looking forward to giving his best for the team.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Chris Gayle said that he is looking to bat at any number asked by the management and will look to give his best. He said that the hunger to perform at the best level is very much burning inside him still.
Batting Position Not a Problem: Chris Gayle
“It’s not a problem. I’m good at playing spin, I’m as good at playing fast bowlers as anyone as I’m an opener. But with West Indies cricket, whatever role they want me to play, I’m willing to play that particular role. We haven’t fully discussed it but I’ll get a bit of a heads up and work out what to look forward to in this particular series and down into the World Cup. If it’s opening, I’m ready, number three, number five- I’m pretty much flexible. I will still be the best number five in the world, best number three in the world” said Gayle to Cricbuzz.
This is the first time that Gayle has been included in the West Indies since the 2019 World Cup. The left-handed batsman also admitted that he had considered walking away from international cricket and that he had planned to focus on franchise cricket.
“I thought about actually walking away from the game and then people said: No, don’t do it, don’t do it. Stay and play as long as possible. So I decided I’m actually going to continue playing. I wasn’t actually thinking down this road. I was like, I’m going to play franchise cricket, entertaining people as much as possible, and whatever is left to offer within the game from Chris Gayle, I want to exploit around the world,” said Gayle.
Chris Gayle further said that he is looking forward to helping his team win the next T20 World Cup to be played in India. Previously the Windies legend has won two World T20 titles with the Windies Cricket team (2012, 2016).
“I want to accomplish, starting off by winning the series, but the bigger picture is actually to get three T20 titles under my belt. That’s actually the goal I’m setting in my head by winning the T20 World Cup. We have quite a few series coming up and we have a lot of cricket leading up to that. We’ll try and take as much as possible out of these series coming up,” he added.