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Chris Gayle upset when his Test glories are forgotten

SAD MAN: Chris Gayle (PA)

WEST INDIES star Chris Gayle has said he feels “sad” when people overlook what he has achieved in Test cricket.

The batsman and bowler has made a name for himself in global Twenty20 leagues, and is real crowd pleaser, but admits he does not like his career in the traditional form of the sport to be neglected.

He told The Indian Express: “I have been giving my all for West Indies for 13 years now.

“So it's sad when people just forget all that I've achieved for the Caribbean and use such derogatory terms.

“I have scored runs and won matches in Test cricket as well. There are other cricketers too who get bracketed in that category. It's unfair but you can't stop tongues from wagging.”

Gayle, who plays for Caribbean Premier League side Jamaica Tallawahs, said he believes the new take of the game will thrive and can co-exist with Test cricket.

He added: “[Twenty20 is] the future and is growing bigger and bigger every day. Test cricket will survive, but you have to be realistic and accept things as they are.

“You can come to the ground for two-and-a-half hours knowing that you will be enthralled for every minute you spend there.

“It's become a serious business now. You have everyone from movie stars to celebrities coming in and trying to have their own piece of the pie.”

Speaking further about the pressure of living up to the hype and delivering a quality performance on the pitch, Gayle said: “The expectations are massive. They don't just want runs or sixes from Chris Gayle but he has to entertain with bat, ball and in the field.

“Luckily, I love having fun and ensuring that the fans and everyone is getting their money's worth.”

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