West Indies Cricket Team’s burly top-order and explosive batsman Chris Gayle is all set to retire from the One-day International (ODI) cricket post the 2019 World Cup, the mega cricketing carnival will run between May 30 and July 14 in England and Wales. He termed the World Cup win could be a fairytale for the Caribbeans.
“Winning the World Cup would be a fairy-tale finish,” Gayle told media on his retirmenet announcement.
Gayle has rendered his services to the Windes since 1999. He is looking forward to having a perfect farewell in the ODI showpiece.
“I’m in good condition. The body is feeling good and I’m pleased with that,” Gayle said.
The 38-year-old southpaw has further urged young cricketers to bring on the World Cup home. Gayle further revealed he is ready to contribute for his team in the multi-national tournament.
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Adamant in his approach Gayle did not hesitate in saying that the young cricketers owe a favour to him.
“The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. I’ll be looking to put my input in as well. I’ll let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch,” Gayle added.
Meanwhile, Gayle has made a return in the national fold after a prolonged gap. He has been named in the Windies squad for the three-match One-day International series against England.
Interestingly, it would be the last time for Gayle to make an appearance on his home soil. He suggested his fans and critics to ‘enjoy his game’.
Eventually, swashbuckling Gayle has warned the English bowlers ahead of the impending series.
“I don’t know who is opening the bowling for England, but any bowler is going to beware of Chris Gayle,” he stressed.
The 50-over format against the Three Lions is seen as the preparation ground ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Barbados will host the first ODI on Wednesday (February 20).
Proclaimed Universe Boss:
On the other side, Gayle has carved out a niche and took the distinct professionals leagues by storm including Indian Premier League (IPL).
The veteran Gayle has never shied away from boasting about his credentials. In the past, Gayle has pulverised the bowlers by dictating his terms.
“You’re looking at a great man. I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course, I’m still the ‘Universe Boss’. That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave. I’m looking to draw the line after the World Cup,” Gayle concluded.
Gayle, who’s the most capped player with for Windies, is also the leading run-getter. The Jamaica-born ‘Universe BOss’ has featured in 284 ODIs to amass 9727 runs at the average of 37.1 in 279 innings. He has 23 centuries and 49 half-centuries to his name.
Besides, Gayle has also featured in 103 Tests and 56 T20Is for the Windies since 2000.