Chris Gayle bowed out of international cricket on Wednesday after playing a herculean knock against India in the third ODI. All eyes were on Chris Gayle as he came out to open the innings alongside his younger teammate Evin Lewis. Both the batsmen started the proceedings on a slow note before firing on all cylinders.
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Chris Gayle 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 in what is more than likely to be his last appearance for West Indies. Gayle was set to retire at the end of World Cup but decided to play the series against India.
The legendary batsman did not have much to celebrate in the previous outings against India but looked at his usual self in the ongoing game. He set the stage on fire with his trademark shots before getting caught by Virat Kohli off Khaleel Ahmed. Gayle’s 72-run knock was studded with five sixes and eight fours.
And as soon as Gayle was caught, the Indian players walked up to him congratulate him on a glorious career. The fans and the West Indies players also gave Gayle a standing ovation. Chris Gayle headed back to the pavilion by placing his helmet on top of his bat. There was also a heartwarming moment where Gayle and Virat Kohli did their famous high-five.
Here is a clip showing Indian players giving an emotional goodbye to Chris Gayle:
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Chris Gayle, meanwhile, walked out to bat in a special jersey. The West Indies great sported “301” to mark the number of ODIs he has played for his team. Gayle is the most-capped West Indies player in ODIs as the opener went past Brian Lara’s mark of 299 ODIs during the 2nd ODI of the ongoing series.