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Gayle racing against time

Mumbai: Chris Gayle is racing against time to get fit for his 100th Test at home in Jamaica, against New Zealand, early next month and will consult a specialist in Germany for his troubling back injury.

“It was tough. It (injury) happened just before IPL at the end of the World T20 in Bangladesh. It became worse later. I thought it was a simple thing when I went back. And then, when I started training in UAE, it became difficult bending and sprinting between wickets.

“It was a problem, but I tried my best and missed the first four games,” said the 34-year-old left-handed batsman, at a promotional, here, on Sunday.

“I am just trying to get this injury sorted out. Even now I am struggling. I could not move nor bend too much. I am going to consult a specialist (in Germany) to resolve this issue, to try and get fit now.

“The Test match against New Zealand starts on June 8. It (100th Test) will be a big achievement for me. That’s the reason I am consulting a specialist,” he added.

The explosive batsman said he was looking forward to the milestone, which he feels would have been crossed a long while ago, but for injuries. “100th Test will mean a lot to me. I played for the West Indies first 13 years ago and I am going on to my 14th year to get to the milestone.

“I should have got past this a long time ago but for injuries. These things happen. You pick up injuries as a cricketer,” Gayle said. “I am still injured and I am trying to sort it out so that I can be fully fit for that special occasion. It’s a big task and a big occasion for me and for people back home.” (PTI)