Chris Gayle To Reconsider Retirement After Grenada Century
By CricShots - Feb 28, 2019 6:28 pm
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The raining sixes in Grenada impressed the Windies opener, Chris Gayle, so much that he is ready to reconsider his decision to retire after the 2019 ODI World Cup in England. He also hinted that he might think about postponing his retirement plans. 

Chris Gayle

Describing the point further, Chris said, “What’s the matter with the body? I’m nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We’ll see. We’ll take it slowly. 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 played a breathtaking knock of 162 off 98 balls in the 4th ODI against England with the help of 14 sixes but it was not enough to get his team over the line. West Indies were bowled out for 389 in reply to England’s 418 for six. A world record 46 sixes were hit in the match – 24 by England (also a world record) and 22 by the Windies.

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Talking about it further, Gayle said, “I think this is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever played in. It was a fantastic game of cricket. I’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket so it’s always going to be a difficult coming back into 50-over cricket. But eventually, the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format.”

Gayle on Thursday also became the second West Indies batsman after Brian Lara to complete 10,000 ODI runs.

Chris Gayle amassed 10,000 ODI runs

When asked about the milestone, the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ replied, “To get the 10,000-run milestone is a great feeling. I’ve done it in T20 as well. It’s a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb. We didn’t utilize that new ball well. If we had, we would have been chasing 380.”

West Indies were ahead of the required rate till the time Gayle was smashing the English bowlers but things fell apart after he was dismissed. Towards the end, Adil Rashid swept the tail with four wickets in five balls.

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Gayle further elaborated, “I’m sure the team is all disappointed. I can see the expression on their faces. It’s a learning process for the young players. If they do things differently they could have won. So it’s good to see that body language when you lose. When that situation comes again I’m sure it will be totally different.”

West Indies will lock horns with England in the fifth and final ODI at the Darren Sammy International Stadium in St. Lucia on Saturday with an eye to save the save the series. England currently leading the series 2-1 as the third ODI was washed out without a ball being bowled.