first_imgChris Gayle’s fitness mantra: Yoga and Massage sessionsChris Gayle’s fitness formula includes extensive yoga and massage sessions which help him recover after a long day on the field. Being naturally strong allows him to avoid the gym and “a lot of rest” in between games is also helping him stay in good shapeadvertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 18:16 IST Chris Gayle has devised his own method of staying fit at the age of 39 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle has devised his own method of staying fit at the age of 39Gayle goes into the World Cup in menacing form, having scored 490 runs in the just concluded IPL at 40.83Having made his West Indies debut in 1999, Gayle said he never expected himself to have such a long careerChris Gayle, who heads into his fifth and final World Cup, has devised his own method of staying fit at 39, a routine that has kept the ‘Universe Boss’ away from the gym for the last two months.His fitness formula includes extensive yoga and massage sessions which help him recover after a long day on the field. Being naturally strong allows him to avoid the gym and “a lot of rest” in between games is also helping him stay in good shape.All of that seems to be working wonders for the Jamaican who goes into the World Cup in menacing form, having scored 490 runs in the just concluded IPL at 40.83.”It is a funny game you know. When the World Cup comes, hopefully, the runs would flow. I have a lot of experience so I know what it is like. I am just happy with the way I am batting right now and hope to carry on,” Gayle told PTI in an interview.He may seem superhuman while hitting those massive sixes (he hit 39 of them in the four ODIs against England and 34 in the IPL) but there is a method to that madness. Age does catch up, he said, but “if you actually think you can do it, the body will react accordingly”.”Age catches up as you ain’t getting any younger. But the most important thing for me is the mental part of the game. It is not so much for about the physical side of the game anymore. I have not done much fitness in the last couple of months.advertisement”I use my experience and mental aspect. I have not done gym for some time. Like I said I am just taking a lot of rest, getting a lot of massages, lots of stretching, just trying to stay fresh for games. I know what is required to keep me going on the field,” said the maker of 10151 ODI runs.He was sensational in his last ODI series, smashing 424 runs in four innings at a staggering average of 106 against a top side like England, including two hundreds and as many half centuries.#WINews: @shaidhope and @henrygayle have been named Vice Captains of the West Indies team for Ireland Tri-Nation Series and ICC Cricket World Cup, respectivelyRead more: https://t.co/D6L15I8a5D pic.twitter.com/rAdqlhRdZDWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) May 6, 2019What may work for someone like a Virat Kohli, may not work for others.”You have to stick to your own formula,” he said.The person that he is, Gayle would love a fairy tale finish at the World Cup and expects the youngsters to win it for him.Having played 103 Tests, 289 ODIs and bossing T20 leagues around the world, Gayle said there is nothing left for him to prove and he is playing only for his legions of fans.”Honestly (I do it for) the fans, I am not going to lie. Maybe a couple of years ago the thought did cross (that I have had enough and what is there to prove). 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.”For someone who made his West Indies debut in 1999, Gayle said he never expected himself to have such a long career.”Never really considered thinking about it but time does fly quickly. 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 years has paid off. People want to see you more and you are trying to deliver as much as possible.”Gayle is also someone who has seen the lowest point of West Indies cricket and his stand-offs with the region’s governing body are well-documented. But the recent Test series win against England at home has raised hopes of a long-awaited revival.”We have seen changes (in cricket board) in the last couple of months. Hopefully, the new team gets it right, gets the structure in place. Cricket is the most important thing for the Caribbean. Hope they take the game to where it is supposed to be.”It will take time, of course. A lot of things need to be rebuilt. On the field, we had a good series against England, now the World Cup is coming up and that is another opportunity for us to turn things around,” signed off Gayle.advertisementAlso Read | Chris Gayle to KL Rahul: Wish you good luck for the World Cup but not against West IndiesAlso Read | Chris Gayle named West Indies vice-captain for 2019 World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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first_imgPakistan earthquake: Death toll rises to 30, over 452 injuredThe epicentre of the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at around 4 pm on Tuesday at a depth of only 10 km, was near Mirpur city in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).advertisement Press Trust of India IslamabadSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 14:10 IST Damage in Mirpur, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after a strong earthquake struck the region (Photo by special arrangement)The death toll in the devastating earthquake that rattled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several cities in the country rose to 30 on Wednesday as authorities stepped up relief efforts.The epicentre of the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at around 4 pm on Tuesday at a depth of only 10 km, was near Mirpur city in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), roughly 20 km north of Jhelum in Punjab, according to the US Geological Survey.The earthquake resurrected the haunting memories of a monster tremor that had wrecked the region 14 years ago.The earthquake which also jolted several cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province left at least 30 people dead, the disaster management officials were quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.Eleven deaths have been reported in Jatlan and nine in Mirpur alone. Other people died in the areas located between Mirpur and Jari Kas, PoK’s State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) Secretary Shahid Mohyiddin said.The number of casualties was likely to increase as around 100 of the injured were admitted to different hospitals in a critical condition, the report quoted the SDMA official as saying.The areas worst hit were Mirpur city, a small town Jatlan and two villages Manda and Afzalpur, where buildings and homes collapsed, trees were uprooted and cracks appeared on roads large enough to swallow cars.Other cities where the tremors were felt included Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mansehra, Gujrat, Chitral, Malakand, Swat, Sahiwal, and Rahim Yar Khan.The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of buildings, eyewitnesses said.advertisementNational Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said at a briefing in Islamabad that trucks loaded with relief items, including 200 tents, 800 blankets, 200 kitchen sets, and 100 medical kits would reach the people affected by the earthquake soon.”The NDMA is already providing medicines, food items and tents, which were in its stock in the affected areas, to the victims,” he added.Afzal said that 452 people were injured, including 160 are in serious condition and 450 houses were also damaged.Special Assistant of PM on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said that government would compensate the families of dead and injured and also help them to rebuild damaged houses.”An initial assessment is being done and soon a relief package will be announced by the government of Pakistan,” she said.Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed the armed forces to begin urgent rescue and relief efforts in the quake-hit areas, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing.”Army troops have reached earthquake-hit areas of Mirpur, Jatlan, and Jarikas. Relief and rescue efforts are under way,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.Chaudhry Mohammad Saeed, PoK’s Minister for Sports, Youth and Culture, told Dawn that a state of emergency had been declared in all public and private hospitals of the town.A breach in the Upper Jhelum Canal caused by the earthquake inundated a number of villages along the Jatlan Road, around 140 km south of Islamabad. The earthquake also damaged two pedestrian bridges over the canal, making it difficult for the locals to cross over, the report said.In October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed almost 400 people, flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.Pakistan was also hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on October 8, 2005, that killed nearly 90,000 people in PoK and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.ALSO READ | Earthquake hits PoK: Death toll rises to 26, over 300 injuredALSO READ | Earthquake hits Pakistan-occupied Kashmir: Photos, videos show cracked roads, overturned cars in MirpurALSO WATCH | Earthquake strikes Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, tremors felt in Delhi-NCRGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Pakistan earthquake Nextlast_img read more