The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle can be termed as one of the greatest batsmen in limited-overs cricket, but for him, Test cricket is the most challenging format as it’s similar to the vagaries of life. Speaking to Indian cricketer Mayank Agarwal for BCCI’s online show ‘Open Nets’, Gayle, who has played 103 five-day games in his roller-coaster international career, said nothing beats the Test experience.
However, Gayle hasn’t played any match in the longest format since 2014. Describing his thought for Test cricket, Chris said, “Test cricket is the ultimate. Playing Test cricket also gives you a chance, how to live life because playing five days of cricket is very challenging. It tests you so many times, makes sure you are disciplined in everything you did. It also teaches you how to rebound from a tough situation.”
It’s a view similar to the Indian skipper and Gayle’s former IPL teammate Virat Kohli, a man who claims to have picked up life lessons from the traditional format of the game.
Often accused of focussing entirely on the shorter formats, the 40-year-old encouraged youngsters to strive to play more five-day games, but not be so driven that they do not have a life beyond cricket.
Elaborating the same, Gayle said, “Test cricket allows you to test your skills and mental toughness…Just be dedicated, enjoy what you do. Even if it’s not within the sport, there’s always something in open out there for you. So, if one thing doesn’t work, always remember there’s another opportunity for you. So please don’t be heartbroken if you are cricketer and don’t make within the cricketing arena.”
Recently, Chirs Gayle also voiced his opinion against the racism along with former West Indies skipper, Darren Sammy.