Chris Gayle claims playing cricket for the fans

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16 May 2019

Chris Gayle opens up about playing 2019 World Cup

Windies swashbuckling opener and 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle would be playing his fifth and final ICC World Cup this year.

With this, he is set to join other legends including Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

However, he is yet to put his hands on the coveted trophy.

As he prepares for one last shot at the title, he spoke about his journey so far.

For the fans

Fans inspire Gayle to keep going

Fans inspire Gayle to keep going

On being asked about what inspires him to keep going, Gayle quickly pointed out that it was the fans and he plays cricket for them.

"They actually drive me to go on. I know nothing lasts forever and hopefully, I can give them a few more games and it also pushes you to win the World Cup," he was quoted as saying to PTI.

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Gayle feels it's consistency which helps one earn praise

"It shows consistency in the career. That keeps you going and earn a lot of praise. Hard work in the last couple of has years paid off. People want to see you more and you are trying to deliver as much as possible," he added.

Dream

Could never dream of playing so many World Cups

It should be noted that Gayle didn't play ODI cricket for 30 months following their quarter-final exit in 2015 World Cup.

However, he still managed to make a comeback and he was pretty much surprised by it.

"Never really considered thinking about it but time does fly quickly. I could never dream of playing so many World Cups, but it has happened," he said.

Optimistic

Gayle optimistic about progress in Windies Cricket

Gayle optimistic about progress in Windies Cricket

Cricket Windies has undergone a strong change in structure over the past years, along with achieving success under skipper Jason Holder.

Meanwhile, Gayle was optimistic about the progress and said, "Hopefully, the new team gets it right, gets the structure in place. Cricket is the most important thing for the Caribbean. Hope they take the game to where it is supposed to be."

Need to rebuild a lot of things

"It will take time, of course. Lot of things need to be rebuilt. On the field, we had a good series against England, now the World Cup is coming up and that is another opportunity for us to turn things around," Gayle further opined.

Current form

Gayle has been in fine form of late

Gayle scored the second-most runs for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019, 490 in 13 innings at an average of 40.83.

In his last 10 ODIs, he has scored 576 runs at a whopping average of 64.

Considering his performance in England, he has scored 1,016 runs in 28 innings at an average of 39.07.

Therefore, he does have form on his side.

Author's take

Windies bank on Gayle's form as they eye history

Windies bank on Gayle's form as they eye history

As the above stats show, Gayle has been in sensational form.

The author feels that Windies would heavily rely on his form and experience, as they eye their third World Cup title.

Even though, Windies don't enter the competition as one of the favorites, they have the firepower across departments to upset the bigger teams.

We witnessed their magic in the series against England.

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Gayle made his ODI debut on September 1999.

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Gayle has to date played 289 ODIs to date for Windies.

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Gayle has not yet commented on his IPL future.

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Gayle hails from Kingston, Jamaica.

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