Non-stop franchise cricket taking toll on ageing giant Chris Gayle

Gayle’s playing schedule has been so hectic that he even played in another tournament while participating in one.

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Into his 40th year, Windies great Chris Gayle is not getting younger but with the dose of cricket not getting less either, his body is taking a toll and it has been conceded by the player himself. Gayle is still a force in T20 cricket and keeps the audience on their toes in whatever continent he takes his stance. The Jamaican is currently playing in Mzansi Super League (MSL) in South Africa which saw him making the record of participating in 10 T20 leagues across the country.

Gayle’s playing schedule has been so hectic that he even played in another tournament while participating in one (he left for the T10 League in Sharjah mid-way through playing for Jozi Stars in MSL. Gayle last hit a fifty in Afghanistan Super League in October and has not repeated the feat in the last eight games. Is the overdose making the ageing giant tired?

Looking at things being a bit simpler

Gayle isn’t disagreeing. “In the future, I’m looking forward to things being a bit simpler for me, from a personal point of view. 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,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“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,” the Jamaican said.

Gayle has been a prominent name in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well as he has played some scintillating knocks in the tournament. He was, however, let go from Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise he served for long and was picked in the last moment by Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 edition and he hit a hundred in the tournament.

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