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Chris Gayle: People forget I’ve scored runs and won matches in Test cricket

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Chris Gayle is one of the four batsmen in the history of cricket to hit two triple centuries in Tests © Getty Images

Aug 22, 2013

West Indies star cricketer Chris Gayle on Wednesday said that he is disappointed when people forget his efforts in Test cricket and call him a mercenary.

“I have been giving my all for West Indies for 13 years now. So it’s sad when people just forget all that I’ve achieved for the Caribbean and use such derogatory terms. I have scored runs and won matches in Test cricket as well. There are other cricketers too who get bracketed in that category. It’s unfair but you can’t stop tongues from wagging,” Gayle was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

Talking about Rahul Dravid’s recent comments on the importance of Test cricket, Gayle said, “”It’s (T20 cricket) the future and is growing bigger and bigger every day. Test cricket will survive, but you have to be realistic and accept things as they are.

You can come to the ground for two-and-a-half hours knowing that you will be enthralled for every minute you spend there. It’s become a serious business now. You have everyone from movie stars to celebrities coming in and trying to have their own piece of the pie.”

Gayle, who has played for seven different franchises and scored 5702 runs at 43.86 in T20s, said that the Indian Premier League is a much bigger league as compared to all the other T20 leagues across the world put together.

“The CPL has a good look. So I needed one too. The IPL (Indian Premier League) is obviously bigger than all other leagues put together. You have so many stars playing together. The CPL does have a long way to go but we’ll get there,” he says. “We have more cheerleaders here in the Caribbean than anywhere else. And the prettiest ones too.”

On being asked whether it is tough adjusting to different cities while touring across the world, he said, “”It’s not easy. Landing up in a dressing-room on short notice and having to get acclimatised immediately. I have been doing this year after year. And I have gotten used to the whole process. The secret is to not put pressure on yourself to fit into the ecosystem. The best way to make a mark is by winning matches for the team. It’s not easy. Landing up in a dressing-room on short notice and having to get acclimatised immediately. I have been doing this year after year. And I have gotten used to the whole process. The secret is to not put pressure on yourself to fit into the ecosystem. The best way to make a mark is by winning matches for the team,”

“I have been with RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) for a few years now so that connect is there. But it’s difficult to just go somewhere and feel the pulse of that city. I just go with an open mind,” Gayle concluded.

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