My aim in life is to bowl out Sachin: Yohan Blake

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Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:32 [IST]
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Blake's aim is to claim Sachin's wicket

London, Aug 16: Sprinter Yohan Blake who rocked the Olympics 2012 at London with two silver medals, has claimed that he is faster than India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and revealed that dismissing Sachin Tendulkar was his 'aim in life'.

"I think I can bowl out Sachin, which is my aim in life," Blake revealed.

Having rated Cricket more than running, the Jamaican sprinter is planning to shift focus to cricket after becoming highly successful at London Olympics 2012.

"Cricket is higher than track and field for me," Blake said.

Blake is passionate about cricket since childhood and still feels he is good at cricket than running.

"I have been watching cricket since I was a small kid and I have grown up to love the sport. I am better at cricket than running," he added.

If that wasn't enough, he also rated himself better than Usain Bolt, another sprinter who also expressed his desire to play cricket and also rated himself as a talented cricketer having dismissed the most explosive T20 batsman, Chris Gayle during a charity match.

"In fact I am better than Bolt and in cricket I can definitely beat him," Bolt was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.

With both the Jamaican sprinters showing interest in playing cricket, they are likely to feature in this year's Big Bash League as well, hosted by Australia in December 2012.

Blake's passion for cricket also urged him to recommend the sport for Olympics, as it can be very entertaining like IPL.

"Cricket must be an Olympic sport because it can be entertaining like we have seen in IPL," Blake said.

He also revealed that he wanted to play India's domestic T20 league - IPL and even Test cricket for his country.

"Of course I want to play in the IPL, even Test cricket. Cricket is my first love and if I get the chance, I want to play. I love Sachin and Virender Sehwag and my boy (Chris) Gayle always talks about me coming to India for the IPL. A couple of teams want me to come and try out because my game is supposed to be good. I will be going to Mumbai and also Bangalore," he concluded.

Blake also revealed that he loves cricket and said he bowls faster than Zaheer Khan.

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

Blake has been an admirer of Indian cricket. Blake had followed the Indian team when they visited Carribean last time around and said he knew many Indian cricketers.

"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," added Blake who also played cricket during his childhood before concentrating on athletics.


Story first published:  Thursday, August 16, 2012, 15:53 [IST]
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