Gayle points to mentality for World Cup success

Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle believes mental toughness, rest and proper management of his body will be key to his success in his fifth ICC 50 overs World Cup which bowls off in England at month end.

At 39 years old, the left-hander will be one of the oldest players on show, and with 289 One-Day Internationals (ODI) under his belt, will be the second most experienced player at the showpiece – only behind India’s MS Dhoni.

“Age catches up as you ain’t getting any younger but the most important thing for me is the mental part of the game. It is not so much for the physical side of the game anymore. I have not done much fitness in the last couple of months,” Gayle told the Press Trust of India.

“I use my experience and mental aspect. I have not done gym for some time. Like I said, I am just taking a lot of rest, getting a lot of massage, lots of stretching, just trying to stay fresh for games. I know what is required to keep me going on the field.”

There were some doubts about Gayle when he returned against England earlier this year, but he quickly silenced his detractors with a Man-of-the-Series 424 runs, which helped West Indies draw the five-match rubber, 2-2.

He has since been named in the Windies’ 15-man World Cup squad where he will serve as Jason Holder’s vice-captain.