Chris Gayle is giving his retirement plan a second thought. Earlier he announced that he would retire from the One Day Internationals right after the World Cup 2019 in England. But his solid performance against England in the ongoing series is making him think otherwise.
Chris Gayle On His Planning
Chris Gayle scored 347 runs in four games at an average of 115.66 and a strike rate of 120.06. He thoroughly enjoyed last innings against England in the fourth ODI of the five-match series where he smashed 162 off 97 balls. His innings included 14 sixes and 11 fours. Post the match Gayle confessed he might rethink the decision to retire from the format. He became overall the 14th batsman and only the second Windies after Brian Lara, to reach the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs.
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“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 added, “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. 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 On Windies Defeat Against England
Despite Gayle’s amazing showing West Indies lost the match to England by 29 runs at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday. Gayle threw light on the same saying,
“We did not utilize that new ball well. If we had we would have been chasing 380. I am sure the team is disappointed. I can see the expression on their faces. It is a learning process for the young players. If they do things differently they could have won. So it is good to see that body language when you lose. When that situation comes again I am sure it will be totally different.”
West Indies is currently 1-2 down in the series. Their foremost target would be to level the series in the fifth and final ODI on March 2 in St Lucia. Chris Gayle’s such announcement will boost the morale of the Caribbeans for sure.