August 7, 2012

Olympians

Yohan Blake's cricket dreams

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Sprinting champion Yohan Blake watches Jamaica take on Barbados, Jamaica v Barbados, Regional Four Day Competition, Kingston, Jamaica, February 10, 2012
Yohan Blake, along with fellow sprinter Usain Bolt, is a keen cricketer and has been spotted following regional matches in Jamaica  © West Indies Cricket
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Fresh off his silver-winning sprint at the Olympics on Sunday night Yohan Blake declared his next targets. Rio 2016 is the obvious one but Blake also spoke of IPL 2013 - where his good friend Chris Gayle stars for Royal Challengers Bangalore. On his way out of the stadium on Sunday Blake spotted an Indian journalist and began talking cricket.

"You know what, I can bowl faster than Zaheer Khan," he said. "I followed the Indian team when they were at the Caribbean last time. 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."

Blake hasn't been to India - he missed the 2010 Commonwealth Games in new Delhi - but perhaps cricket will draw him there. "I want to play in the IPL. I am working hard for it," Blake said. "Chris 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." Well, he could perhaps start by teaching his good friend how to run.

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