Sprinter Yohan Blake wants to play IPL

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Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 13:44 [IST]
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Sprinter Yohan Blake wants to play IPL

Bangalore, Aug 8: In far away London, the biggest sporting spectacle, Olympics, is the cynosure of all eyes. Amidst all the action on track and field at the Olympic Stadium, suddenly we here someone talking about cricket!

Yes, cricket has made its presence at the London's Olympic Stadium. Hang on, we are not talking about some athlete playing cricket at the Olympic Stadium but a sprinter expressing his willingness to swap the track for cricket field.

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake revealed his love for cricket and his liking for the Indian Premier League (IPL) and team Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Upon spotting an Indian journalist at the Olympic Stadium after winning silver in the 100m dash, Blake told DNA newspaper, "I am coming there next year. I'll play in the IPL."

"Chris (Gayle) is a great friend and I follow his side very closely. I also like Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai (Super Kings). But I want to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore because of Chris," he added.

Gayle, the explosive left-handed opener is from Jamaica.

Blake is one of the fastest men on the track along with his compatriot and Olympic champion Usain Bolt. But, he claims he is quick with a cricket ball too. Yes, he says he can bowl "faster than Zaheer Khan."

"I love cricket. India loves cricket. But you know what, I can bowl faster than Zaheer Khan," he said.

He added that Brian Lara was his favourite cricketer and also like Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. However, he loves watching Virat Kohli play.

"My favourite cricketer is Lara. I also like Tendulkar and Dhoni. But Virat is young and a great player. I really love watching him play,"

"I followed the Indian team when they were at the Caribbean last time. I know Sachin Tendulkar, MS (Dhoni), Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid... these are the guys I know," he told the newspaper.


Story first published:  Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 13:02 [IST]
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