When Chris Gayle says he has in him to score another Test triple century, you suspend your disbelief. Although he has already scored two, he needs to sort out his prolonged dispute with his national Board and get his next Test first."I tell myself I will give myself one more shot at getting a triple century," Gayle says, in an interview to HT after Tuesday's practice session with RCB.
The 32-year-old, who has been playing only T20 cricket since this year's World Cup, misses playing for West Indies, and the longest format. His dispute with the Board began when he opted to play in the IPL while ostensibly not fit enough to make the national team.
The dispute had to be kept out of the chat, but the desire to play for West Indies burns bright. "I'm very disappointed not to be involved with West Indies cricket. Based on the last couple of years, my service has been wonderful. I still think I have a lot to offer, especially at this point in time. After the IPL, I felt on the top of my game."
Gayle's statistics bear out what the former West Indies captain says about his time with the national team in the two years prior to his axing and, of course, in IPL 4. "It was a good IPL season for me," Gayle says about the 608 runs he scored for RCB at an average of 67.55 and a strike rate of 183.13 with two tons.
Big loss for WI
The West Indies Board and Gayle not resolving their dispute means the team is not getting the services of one of only four batsmen to have scored two Test triple tons - the others being Bradman, Sehwag and Lara. "Definitely I feel I'm capable of getting a triple ton again, with my experience. Lot of ODI runs to be scored as well," he says. "But you have to take one step at a time."
The first step will be playing for Jamaica in the regional 50-over competition in Guyana. "Right after this, I will head back to represent my country," he says. All those international bowlers secure in the knowledge that they will face Gayle only in IPLs and CLT20s may start losing some sleep now.