Chris Gayle, on Monday, became the first batsman to reach 14000 T20 runs during his return-to-form innings of 67 runs off 38 balls against Australia. The left-hander’s belligerent knock, which was ladened with 4 fours and 7 sixes, helped West Indies chase down 142 inside 15 overs and take an unassailable 3-0 series lead with two matches to go.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief, Ricky Skerritt, In a message sent to the left-hander, hailed Chris Gayle as the “best T20 cricketer of all time”. He also acknowledged the 41-year-old’s importance in a young outfit as the defending champions prepare for the T20 World Cup later in the year in the UAE.
“Chris Gayle is the best T20 cricketer of all time… his success and experience are extremely valuable to the rebuilding of West Indies cricket and especially in the preparation for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup,” said Skerritt.
I want to dedicate this to Kieron Pollard for his pep talk: Chris Gayle
The Man of the Match in the third T20I thanked his teammates, especially Kieron Pollard for a pep talk, and for showing their faith in him. Chris Gayle came into the match having made 102 runs in nine innings since his recall earlier in the year against Sri Lanka and hadn’t struck a T20I half-century since 2016.
However, it all changed in a matter of one knock as the ‘Universe Boss’ reminded the world of his prowess. Australia would look for a consolation win in the fourth T20I on Wednesday.
“It’s a great journey. I’m so happy and so pleased to get a series win first of all. I just want to commend the stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran for winning a fantastic series against a great team. To Kieron Pollard, he played a big part as well even though he played in none of these games. You all knew I was struggling with the bat and to be able to get some runs today was very pleasing,” Chris Gayle said after the match.“I want to dedicate this half-century and milestone to West Indies, my team-mates, especially Kieron Pollard. We had a team meeting before the game and…he let me know where I stand within this team and he wanted me to go and express myself. So I’m very grateful for that pep talk because sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are, you need a bit of a talk sometimes,” he added.