Non-stop T20 cricket taking toll on Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle wants things to get a little easier for his body. (Getty Image)

Chris Gayle has admitted that the rigours of playing numerous T20 leagues is taking a toll on his body. Gayle, 38, is a hot commodity when it comes to playing T20 cricket around the globe. A regular feature in the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier Leaguer, Afghanistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Gayle is currently playing for South Africa’s Mzansi Super League, where the big-hitting batsman is representing Jozi Stars.

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Gayle has had to endure a hectic schedule, playing back-to-back leagues. In October, after playing the Afghanistan Premier League, he played the MSL. He then left for the T10 League in the UAE midway through the league and returned on Saturday to continue for Stars. The 38-year old revealed that he would want things to get “easier” with time.

“In the future, I’m looking forward to things being a bit simpler for me, from a personal point of view,” Gayle said. “It’s not so easy, to be honest with you. Especially at this age as well. You jump on a flight, and then you jump on a cricket field. But in a way you manage yourself, and I have a great team that keeps the body ready to perform up to standard and I’ve been doing this for years.

“You make the necessary adjustment as quickly as possible and take it from there. It’s not a big issue. It’s not a big concern for me at this point in time to be honest.”

With three wins from six matches, the Stars are third on the points table with 15 points, courtesy Reeza Hendricks’ unbeaten consecutive centuries against Durban Heats and Giants. And while Gayle hasn’t quite set the tournament ablaze, he expects his South African teammate to make it three in a row and more.

“I think the Jozi Stars are starting to peak at the right time. It’s good to have a win under our belt last night. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, up against the top guns. Hopefully we can continue the winning ways.”

“I’d love Hendricks to make it three in a row,” added Gayle. “That would be nice to see. Two centuries back to back is always good and coming in in such good form as well. He knows the conditions well. I’m looking forward to opening the batting with him.

“With his form, maybe he can actually take a bit of pressure off me. You guys keep mentioning my name, but it’s Hendricks you should be wary of. I’ll try and get a good start with him. Just enjoy the moment with him as well.”