Gayle says fans kept him going
West Indies' Chris Gayle says he could have quit a couple of years ago but fan support pushed him on to a fifth World Cup appearance.
The 39-year-old announced earlier this year that the 2019 tournament in England would mark his final appearance in Windies ODI colours.
"Time does fly quickly," Gayle told Press Trust of India. "I could never dream of playing so many World Cups, but it has happened. It shows consistency in the career. That keeps you going and earn a lot of praise. Hard work in the last couple of has years paid off. People want to see you more and you are trying to deliver as much as possible."
The Jamaican admitted that he did consider walking away from international cricket earlier, but credited the continuous support from the fans for keeping him going.
"Honestly [I do it for] the fans, I am not going to lie," he added.
"Maybe a couple of years ago, the thought [of retiring] did cross.
"Then the fans came out and said, 'don't go'. They actually drive me to go on. I know nothing lasts forever and, hopefully, I can give them a few more games. And it also pushes you to win the World Cup."
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