West Indies opener Chris Gayle was given a standing ovation by his teammates and fans in Abu Dhabi as he walked off after completing what is likely to be his last T20 World Cup innings – and perhaps his last in the Maroon as well – against Australia on Saturday.
He played a 15-run knock off 9 balls where Chris Gayle showed a glimpse of his old self with a couple of exciting sixes against Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins before the latter castled him.
While his teammate Dwayne Bravo has confirmed that this game would be the all-rounder’s last in international cricket, Chris Gayle has made no such announcement. However, with his age – 42 – and a dismal form – 45 runs in 5 matches in the tournament – the left-hander’s last game is not far.
But, it was a moment of celebration for Chris Gayle himself, who managed a smile on his face as he trudged off with his sunglasses on, and for his fans who have seen the ‘Universe Boss’ dominate the best of the bowlers and toughest of the leagues around the world.
The left-hander has scored 1899 runs in 75 innings at an average of 27, striking at 137 with a couple of hundreds.
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Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis started off in a gung-ho fashion with the former smashing a flurry of boundaries and the latter a couple of sixes before Cummins castled Gayle. Josh Hazlewood struck twice in an over to dismiss Roston Chase and Nicholas Pooran.
Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer held off the innings to take West Indies to 50/3 at the end of the powerplay.