West Indies opener Chris Gayle has opened up about his international T20 career. It seemed to have ended on Saturday when the opener was given a guard of honour along with Dwayne Bravo, who has retired, after the match against Australia in Abu Dhabi.
Chris Gayle was seen interacting with the fans and was cheered by his teammates after he got out. However, the left-hander has confirmed that his World Cup career has finished.
Chris Gayle admitted that he himself was nowhere near his best in the tournament – 45 runs in 5 matches – and was disappointed with West Indies’ campaign, which ended with just one win in 5 matches.
“I was trying to enjoy the last game. It was a very disappointing World Cup for us; for me personally as well. This is probably my worse in a World Cup. But these things happen. It’s just sad that it came at the backend of my career. There’s still a lot to go in West Indies cricket. There’s some great talent coming up right now. All I can do is play my supporting role with them and just wish West Indies cricket all the very best,” Chris Gayle told ICC.
“We have a legend leaving the game today in DJ Bravo. I was just having some fun today; put everything what happened aside. I was just interacting with fans. Yeah, just having some fun since it’s gonna be my last World Cup game.”
Laughingly he added: “I would love to play one more World Cup, but I don’t they will allow me.”
Chris Gayle Reveals When He Will Hang His Boots
Chris Gayle revealed that he’d been given one more match for the West Indies to be played back in his home town, Jamaica.
“I didn’t announce any retirement. But they actually give me one game in Jamaica in front of my home ground. Then I can say, ‘hey guys thank you so much’. I can’t say that [retirement] as yet,” he revealed.
He’s set to play the upcoming T10 tournament. The opener feels that the last game could be against Ireland next year.
“Next for me – go back home. Since the first game at the World Cup, my dad’s been ill. So I had to rush back to Jamaica tonight. He’s 91 years old. There’s a T10 coming up as well. Then I’ll take a break going into Christmas and the New Year and see what happens with the Ireland series back home,” the 42-year-old added.
Chris Gayle is also unlikely to be retained by Punjab Kings and would go into the mega-auction if he wishes to play another IPL.