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I want to be the first man to play till 50: Chris Gayle

By Rashmi Nanda -

The West Indian swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle said that he wants to play cricket till the age of 50 as he previously said that age is just a number for him. Undoubtedly, Gayle is the most fancied T20 batsman, who wishes to make a comeback to Test cricket.

The southpaw also stated hat he would want his daughter to watch him play and cheer for him from the stands at the venues someday.

During in an exclusive interview with The Fox Sports, Gayle said,  “I want to be the first man to play til 50. I’d love her to see me play cricket. I want her to just turn up in the stands and watch dad play a game of cricket, I’d love her to actually witness it one day. Age is something, it’s a number. It’s about the body, when you’re young you can get away with a lot of things, you definitely do a lot more partying."

He further added, “You have to keep in shape and you have to start eating properly as well, now, being older now, you have to do all these things. Freshen up the body and make sure you can actually last longer."

Gayle played his last Test match for West Indies in 2014. He has scored 7214 runs in 103 Tests with an average of 42. He has two triple centuries to his name as well. 

The explosive opener added, “I will play again. I want to score 400 runs in a Test match. I’ve done two triples, I think I can push it to four [hundred]. A lot of people want to see me back in Test cricket, a lot of people. That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t announced I’ve retired because wherever I go, people want to see me play Test cricket, to give it one more shout, that’s why I’m holding out."