West Indies great Chris Gayle confirmed he hasn’t retired from ODI cricket despite walking off to a standing ovation after his 41-ball 72 against India in the 3rd ODI in Port of Spain on Wednedsay.
“I didn’t announce any retirement. Yeah, I am (still with West Indies cricket) until any further notice,” Gayle told West Indies Cricket while responding to a question posed to him. Notably, Gayle played his 301st ODI on Wednesday and his celebration after the quickfire knock raised speculations of reitrement.
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Chris Gayle smashed a 41-ball 72 that had the trademark Gayle stamp on it but his fireworks went in vain as India chased down a DLS-revised target of 255 after a Virat Kohli hundred. The big-hitting opener faced a maiden over to start proceedings for the team but took the India pacers to the cleaners after a mini rain break in the 3rd ODI.
Kohli congratulates Gayle, West Indies star gets standing ovation in Port of Spain
Notably, Chris Gayle walked out to bat with a special jersey marking his 301st ODI after West Indies won the toss for the first time in the ongoing tour.
Gayle began his innings with a huge six and added 4 more while hitting 8 boundaries in his explosive knock. Gayle added a 115-run stand with fellow opener Evin Lewis before perishing in just the 12th over of the West Indies innings.
Gayle seemed to have enjoyed outing as he raised his bat and hung his helmet on it in acknowledgement of the applause he was receiving from the sparse crowd at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Chris Gayle was congratulated by Virat Kohli and the rest of the Indian teammates as he walked back to the pavilion. In fact, Gayle and his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Kohli did their famous high-five on the pitch after Gayle’s dismissal.
Chris Gayle, who revolutionised limited-overs cricket with his big-hitting skills, is West Indies’ all-time run-scorer in ODIs with 10480 runs in 301 matches. He went past West Indies great Brian Lara’s tally of 10,405 runs in the 2nd ODI on Sunday in Trinidad.
Gayle made his international ODI debut in 1999 against India in Toronto. The 39-year-old hit 25 hundreds and 54 fifties in ODI cricket and had a career strike rate of over 85.
Gayle also finishes as the most-capped player for ODIs in West Indies. The big-hitting opener went past Lara’s tally of 299 matches in the ongoing series.
Notably, Chris Gayle had announced that World Cup 2019 would be last international assignment but he reverse his decision to play ODIs and at least a Test against India in the ongoing series. Notably, West Indies captain Jason Holder had said even he wasn’t aware about Gayle’s change of mind before the limited-overs great announced his U-turn in a press conference at the World Cup.
Gayle though has not been picked in West Indies’ Test squad that was announced last week. While his future in the longest format of the game looks uncertain, the T20 globetrotter might just push himself until the T20 World Cup in 2020 as he is yet to make an announcement about his future in the T20Is.
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