Windies star Chris Gayle has decided to bring down curtains on his illustrious career. The hard-hitting batsman, on Sunday, announced he would retire after the conclusion of the forthcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Gayle is currently gearing up to play his first ODI since last July. The southpaw was recently recalled for the upcoming five-match series against England at home.
Gayle had last for Windies during the home series against Bangladesh last July.He had since made himslef unavailable for selection and missed the India and Bangladesh series. Gayle did to make himself available for the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League.
Gayle is retiring as one of Windies’ most-decorated batsmen in the format. He is the second most capped Windies player with 284 matches. Gayle is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind Brian Lara – who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches. He tops the list for most centuries in ODIs by an Windies batsman, scoring 23 and is also the first and only player from the Caribbeans to score an ODI double ton. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.
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Gayle was part of the West Indies team that won the Champions Trophy in England in 2004.
But despite being one of the all-time greats, Gayle was not a regular player in the Windies team in the last few years. After the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the left-hander has played only 15 ODIs including the World Cup Qualifiers last year in Zimbabwe. Gayle had already brought down curtains on his List A career in October last year. He had scored a century for Jamaica in his last game.
The World Cup will get underway on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa in the series-opener. Windies, on the other hand, will open their campaign against Pakistan on May 31.