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He's 37 years old but nothing stops Chris Gayle from working hard towards maintaining his fitness to play his favourite sport. Pay disputes might have kept him away from representing the Windies but the big Jamaican hasn't given hopes of continuing to don the Maroon jersey till the 2019 World Cup.
Chris Gayle is one of the leading players in this - T20 freelancing era but the southpaw wants to bring back glory for the Caribbean. The Universe Boss ignited hopes by saying that he wished to continue until the 2019 World Cup.
"I am targeting another T20 World Cup and another 50-over World Cup as well, so once I can monitor all these things and get back in the groove as quickly as possible then anything is possible."
On being questioned about his retirement, Gayle said that his fans kept him going.
"If it was up to me sometimes I would walk away, but at the same time the fans still request 'don't do it', and I still have a couple more years, once I look after myself and my health is intact and I am up to full fitness."
Not only in the shorter format but Gayle has scored big runs in the whites too. His 333 against Sri Lanka is the 4th highest individual score by a West Indian behind batting greats Brian Lara (400*, 375) and Gary Sobers (365*).
Gayle said that he even wished for a farewell Test before bidding adieu to the game but depending on his fitness levels.
"And even before I retire, I would want a Test match some place here in front my home crowd or something like that down the line, but those things are on the agenda and it is up to the fitness level and how much I can manage the workload at this age."
The Universe Boss in the 2017 IPL had become the only player to gross 10,000 runs in the shorter format while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Gujarat Lions.