Chris Gayle went wild in his celebration which was not for a century or a victory – but for the wicket of Mitchell Marsh when the West Indies stalwart was playing what seems to be his last international fixture.
West Indies were defeated by 8 wickets by Australia on Saturday in Abu Dhabi and closed out their tournament with just one win in 5 matches.
However, this is a time to celebrate the careers of Dwayne Bravo – who has announced his international retirement – and Chris Gayle, who is also likely to bring curtains on his illustrious career soon. With his form and age, he is unlikely to feature for West Indies again.
But, Chris Gayle had one more chance to celebrate: he dismissed Australia’s Mitchell Marsh – caught by Jason Holder at mid-off. The West Indies players screamed loudly, with the bowler himself the loudest.
Chris Gayle ran towards Marsh and jumped on and hugged the departed batsman who offered a friendly smile back to the legend. It was fun out there in the middle.
It’s the end of a generation: Kieron Pollard
Captain Kieron Pollard also termed West Indies’ group stage exit as the “end of a generation” as West Indies will miss two of their greatest players in Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo who gave the world so many great moments – including taking West Indies to the 2012 and 2016 T20 World titles.
“But for me, it’s the end of a generation where you have some guys who have done some good things for T20 cricket, not only in the Caribbean but around the world. Sometimes one tournament you don’t want to sum up the entire thing when it comes to that but rationally these guys have done pretty well for themselves and we as people are very, very proud,” Pollard said after the loss.
Both Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo were given a guard of honour by the Australia team after the game acknowledging the efforts and careers of the two giants.