By CricketCountry Staff
London: Aug 7, 2012
Blake, who won the silver medal in the 100 meter race on Sunday, told DNA, “Know what? I am coming there next year. I’ll play in the IPL.”
“I love cricket... India loves cricket. But you know what, I can bowl faster than Zaheer Khan. I followed the Indian team when they were at the Caribbean last time. I know Sachin Tendulkar, MS (Dhoni), Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid... these are the guys I know,” told Blake, who along with his friend and foe Usain Bolt, played cricket before pursuing athletics.
Blake used to play for Kingston Cricket Club before making a move to sprinting.
The Jamaican runner said on a lighter note that he wants to play in the cash-rich and glamorous Twent20 league, Indian Premier League.
“I want to play in the IPL. I am working hard for it. Really,” Blake said.
Blake “wants to come down to the subcontinent later this year or next year”.
“My favourite cricketer is Lara. I also like Tendulkar and Dhoni. But Virat is young and a great player. I really love watching him play,” he said.
Blake said he is a good friend of explosive Caribbean batsman Chris Gayle.
“Chris is a great friend and I follow his side very closely. I also like Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai (Super Kings). But I want to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore because of Chris,” he said.