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We remember the “Universe Boss” for his exploits in cricket’s shortest format and without a doubt, Chris Gayle is the finest Twenty20 (T20) batsman of all time. However, the maverick Jamaican has amassed 7,214 runs from 103 Tests at 42.18. The numbers are more than decent and Gayle happens to be the only cricketer apart from Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag to have registered two scores in excess of 300.

A power hitter, Gayle can also make batting look classical with his sound technique that is suited for the longer format. It is a pity that he does not play this format more. However, the southpaw, who is at the twilight of his career, has expressed a desire to do the same.

Gayle was in Chennai for the promotion of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and in an interview with The Hindu, he was asked if under the current circumstances it was possible for him to return to the Test fold.

“It is a possibility. Hopefully, we will see this happen,” Gayle said.

The switch between Tests to T20 has hampered many batsmen’s concentration to play longer innings. Gayle has adapted to both the formats well, which makes him a good person to speak on this issue. Gayle said, “When I first played, Brian Lara was there to guide us. The batsmen in that team would concentrate for long periods, bat through sessions. Now that is not happening. Our cricketers tend to switch off mentally after playing for a while. That concentration is lacking. It’s a problem.”

Gayle praised KL Rahul for being fantastic in all forms of the game and cited the example of Mahela Jayawardene as a very fine Test player who did very well in T20s. Test cricket surely will be in a better space with the likes of Gayle returning to it.