As announced by Veteran Windies great opening batsman Chris Gayle, he will quit ODIs after 2019 cricket world cup in England and Wales.
This stunning opening batsman named Gayle is the second highest run-getter for the west indies in 50-over cricket after
Brian Lara and is just 233 runs short of achieving 10000 runs in the format. Gayle needs 677 more runs to surpass the great Brian Lara as the West Indies’ all-time record ODI run-scorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve at his 5th World Cup, which starts on May 30.
This appreciative batsman who has played 284 matches, has scored 9727 runs at an average of 37.12 and has 165 wickets in the 50-over format.
This big-hitting 39-year old opener is set to play his first international since July against England on Wednesday.
Gayle, despite not featuring regularly for the Windies, is expected to play in the showpiece event in England this year. Post the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the left-hander has played only 15 ODIs including the World Cup Qualifiers last year in Zimbabwe.
After the ‘Universal Boss’ was named in the West Indies ODI squad for the first 2 matches against England, Gayle made an international return.
In July 2018 he played an ODI for the west indies in a home series against Bangladesh and since then made himself unavailable for selection due to his commitments in franchise-based Twenty-Twenty leagues.
He missed the India and Bangladesh series as well.
Chris Gayle has been mainly a T20 expert since making his last test appearance in 2014 and most recently played in the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) earlier this month.
Since making his debut in 1999, he has also scored a West Indies record of 23 ODI hundreds, including the 1st ever Cricket World Cup double century against Zimbabwe 4 years ago.
Chris Gayle has been recalled to the West Indies ODI squad for the home series against England that kicks off on Wednesday in Barbados. “It is good to be back at the start of a big year,” Gayle said. “It’s a possibility that it might be the last time they get to see me on local soil. This game in Barbados on Wednesday is the 1st of a five-match series against Cricket World Cup favorites England.”
“Yes, I am looking to draw the line after the World Cup,” Gayle said. “Or should I say cut the string? Definitely, in 50-over cricket, the Cricket World Cup is the end for me. I will let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun.”
“Winning the World Cup would be a fairy-tale finish. The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. I’ll be looking to put my input in as well.”
Chris Gayle, however, has not been averted appearing in the World T20 in Australia in late 2020 when he will be 41.
He is also hoping to play in the ECB’s inaugural season of the 100, which will take place ahead of the world event.
“If I do not start it, it would not be a competition,” Gayle said. “I guess England should invite me over. Then I’ll explode the tournament and say ‘thank you guys; bring in a youngster now. I’ll set the trend as I did in all tournaments around the world.”
“I am in good condition. The body is feeling good and I am pleased with that. I have lost a bit of weight and I do not want to get too big. I’m still working on my six pack. I’m trying to keep up with the youngsters in the field who are like cats the way they chase the ball. I still have it in me and I’m still enjoying it.”
Chris Gayle said he was happy for the West Indies after their beat England 2-1 in the Test series.
“It was a great Test series,” he said. “It was fantastic to watch from the sidelines and I think it was one of the greatest things to happen in ten years.”
“I was the captain for the last home series win against England and to see Jason Holder lifting that trophy ten years later was fantastic, so hopefully as a unit, we can get the better of England again in the ODI series.”
“Yes, I’m positive about the future of Test cricket. It’s always been the ultimate. I know the youngsters coming up are all looking at T20 cricket, but I would urge them to try to play Test cricket. It will give them a chance to challenge themselves. Definitely, they should try.”