Windies vs England 2019: Chris Gayle to Reconsider his ODI Retirement Decision?
Windies superstar Chris Gayle, who on February 17 has announced his ODI retirement after the culmination of the 2019 World Cup, has made an interesting statement, of late. Following impressive innings of 162 off just 97 balls against England with the help of 14 sixes, Gayle is pondering over his recent retirement call. During the recently-held fourth match of the Windies vs England 2019 ongoing five-match ODI series, Gayle while setting sights on the massive target of 419, pulverised the English bowlers with his blazing knock in Grenada on Wednesday (February 27).
Even though the hosts were restricted to 389 in 48 overs to trail the series by 1-2, Gayle’s power-hitting exhibited that he’s fit enough to send balls literally into the orbit.
Gayle sets focus on his fitness:
While talking about his workload and the management, Gayle is hopeful of contributing in the best possible way. He hinted by saying the cricketing world could see him swinging the willow if things fall in place, in the foreseeable future.
“I just have to work on the body and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle, maybe. Things change quickly. Hopefully, the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens,” Gayle told ESPNcricinfo.
On the other side, Jos Buttler belted 150 to take England past 400-run tally. Well, Jamaican King Gayle, has also achieved the feat of 10,000 ODI runs, by slamming his overall 25th and second hundred of the ongoing series.
Subsequently, he became the second cricketer from the Windies after legendary Brian Charles Lara to scale the summit of 10,000 ODI runs.
Also, Gayle is elated to achieve the milestone by playing according to his strength.
“To get the 10,000 run milestone is a great feeling. I have done it in T20 as well. It is a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb,” Gayle said.
So far, the veteran batsman has recorded 347 runs at an incredible batting average of 115.66.
Since announcing his retirement, Gayle has featured in three fixtures. Interestingly, he played a magnanimous role by scoring runs most stylishly. Gayle has made batting look ridiculously easy by relying on his big-hitting prowess.
Gayle has enjoyed high-scoring Grenada ODI:
The southpaw stated Windies-England game as one of the interesting games during his international fold. He added while featuring in the shortest version of the game; it wasn’t easiest road to make a return into the 50-over fold. And, as of now, he is adapted in such circumstances.
Gayle revealed he is talking each game to consider playing longer for the Windies.
Concurrently, Gayle is 39-year-old has shown keen interest to look after his body.
“I think this is one of the most entertaining games I have ever played in. It was a fantastic game of cricket. I have been playing a lot of T20 cricket so it is always going to be a difficult coming back into 50 over cricket. But eventually, the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format. What is the matter with the body? I am nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We will see. We will take it slowly,” Gayle signed off.
Earlier, Gayle made a return to the ODI squad after a prolonged gap which not only augured well for him as a batsman, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), would heave a sigh of relief.
Ahead of the quadrennial event, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom (UK), Gayle will play his trade for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), kicking off on March 23 in Chennai.
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