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After intense action on the field, sleep is a blessed release
Chris Gayle, Hindustan Times
April 20, 2013
First Published: 01:45 IST(20/4/2013)
Last Updated: 01:48 IST(20/4/2013)

After what’s been a hectic period for us, we've had a little bit of a breather leading up to today’s clash with Rajasthan. From the outside, it might seem that playing virtually every second day is tough, but if you ask me, it's not so bad at all. In fact, when you are on a good run of form, as has been the case with us, you ideally want to keep that rhythm going and make the most of it.

I always make sure I get as much rest as possible between games. If you thought partying is my way of unwinding after a hard-fought match, you're wrong.

Sleep, and lots of it, is my post-game remedy and I find it does wonders to help me recuperate.

My Twitter followers might point out that I was guilty of compromising on my sleep the other night while the Man United game was going on. It’s no secret that I love watching football, and I’m a huge United fan as you can tell by a lot of my tweets.

Back home that fixture would have been going on at a decent hour, and it always takes me a good amount of time to properly adapt to a new time zone which is why I was tuned into the game. Mind you, if sleep comes by, I'll opt for it over football, but if a chance to watch the Red Devils comes, I'm not going to miss it.

Big audience

The EPL is undoubtedly very popular in the Caribbean but I can certainly say the same about this T20 league. Trust me, it’s huge all over the West Indies, especially with a lot of West Indian players playing here.

One of the more celebrated fans, known to most of you I'm sure, is Yohan Blake. He's become a big fan of the RCB and I’d love to think it’s because of me. Jokes aside, it's lovely to be supported by a fellow sporting superstar. Yohan sure loves his cricket and I can tell you that he hasn’t given up on his T20 dream just yet. This year, he hasn't been able to realise it simply because he's focused on the World Championships.

Considering that he's got me out in a few of the charity games we've played, I don't mind if he takes his time, unless of course, he joined RCB. PMG

The writer is RCB opener


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