Chris Gayle, who made a special mark in limited-overs cricket with his explosive batting, said there is nothing more challenging than Test cricket and it is the format that helps you understand the complexities of life.
Speaking to Mayank Agarwal in the Indian Cricket Board’s (BCCI) online program ‘Open Nets’, Gayle said that other things have faded in front of the Test experience. Gayle played 103 Test matches in his career but since 2014 he has not played any matches in the long format.
Gayle said, ‘Test cricket is the best. While playing Test cricket you also get an opportunity to learn what life is like because playing five-day cricket is very challenging. It tests you in many ways. It tests you many times. It ensures that you remain disciplined in whatever you are doing. ‘ He said, “It also teaches you to return from difficult situations.”
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain and Gayle’s former partner in the Indian Premier League (IPL), did a similar thing. He claimed that he learned the lessons of living by playing this traditional format. Gayle has always been accused of focusing on shorter formats, but the 40-year-old cricketer advised the youngsters to focus on Test cricket but also said that it should not be so much merry so that it does not cost him anything other than life.
He said, ‘Test cricket gives you an opportunity to assess your skills and mental strength. Play it with dedication and enjoy what you are doing. Even if it is not in the game, there is a chance for you somewhere. Gayle said, ‘So if one thing is not going on, always remember that there is a second chance for you. So if the cricketers do not succeed while being, then do not break your heart. (Language)