Chris Gayle Not Retired From ODIs ‘Until Further Notice’
The special jersey, the emotional send off from Team India, the helmet on the bat walk to the pavilion are now making little sense as Chris Gayle has himself said that his journey in ODIs has not ended yet. The hard-hitting batsman was set to retire at the end of the World Cup before changing his mind. The entire world then thought that the third ODI against India was his last ODI appearance but Gayle has made it clear he is not done yet.
Gayle was at his devastating best in the third ODI. He hit a swashbuckling 41-ball 72 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, much to the delight of the local fans. There was fireworks from the Universe Boss. Gayle’s 72-run knock was studded with five sixes and eight fours. India, nonetheless, went on to win the game with Virat Kohli’s century leading the way.
Following the game, Chris Gayle once again flirted with the idea of playing more in international cricket. In a 10-second clip speaking to West Indies Cricket, a smiling Gayle said: “I didn’t announce any retirement.”
When asked if he is still with West Indies cricket he put the retirement talks to the bed by saying: “Yeah, until further notice.”
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 14, 2019
Talking about the game, India won by 6 wickets (DLS method) to win the three-match series 2-0. Batting first, West Indies scored 240 for 7 in 35 overs. India had to chase 255 in 35 overs and they did it inside 33 overs. Kohli remained unbeaten on 114 while Shreyas Iyer scored 65.
West Indies, meanwhile, have a tour to India where they play against Afghanistan in three T20Is, three ODIs and a Test in November, followed by a three-match T20I and ODI series against India in December. Those two tours will definitely make things clear as far as Chris Gayle’s career is concerned.