On Sunday 17th, 2019, the hard-hitting Windies batsman Chris Gayle announced his retirement from ODIs and said that the upcoming World Cup 2019 will be his last tournament of 50-overs format. Gayle will still continue on the T20 franchise circuit. Chris Gayle’s ODI career looked finished after being axed from the team last year. But earlier this month, he was called back to the national team by the selectors. He has been included in the squad for the first two ODIs against England in preparation for this year’s Cricket World Cup.
Gayle is well known for hitting sixes and widely acknowledged as one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of the game. In 2012 he became the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.
Despite 39 years old, Gayle is full of confidence and looking forward to the England ODI series. Following his retirement, Gayle said:
“I’m in good condition. The body is feeling good and I’m pleased with that. I’ve lost a bit of weight and I don’t want to get too big.”
He also issued warning to the England bowlers:
“I don’t know who is opening the bowling for England, but any bowler is going to beware of Chris Gayle. That doesn’t change because he is 39 now, they are going to be saying ‘yes, he’s got some grey hair in his beard, let’s get him now, this is the perfect time to get the ‘Universe Boss’ now he is 39.”
Looking forward to the World Cup 2019, Gayle expressed his strong desire to win the title:
“That will be the biggest accomplishment of my career to win the 50-over world cup and would be a fairy-tale finish.”
Chris Gayle ODI Career
Following his retirement, let us take a look at Chris Gayle’s ODI career:
- Chris Gayle is West Indies second-highest run-scorer in ODIs with 9727 runs. Brian Lara has scored 10,405 runs in ODIs and Gayle needs just 678 runs to surpass Brian Lara.
- Chris Gayle holds the West Indian record for most ODI hundreds with 23. Gayle also holds the record for highest individual score in ODIs for Windies – 215 against Zimbabwe in World Cup 2015.
- He has scored four 150 plus in ODIs. He is one of only seven players in ODI history to have 4 or more scores of 150 and more in ODIs.
- In World Cup 2015, Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a double ton in an ODI World Cup. This was also the fastest double century as he achieved this record in just 138 balls. He finished on 215 runs, which was the highest score in World Cups until it was broken by New Zealand opener Martin Guptill against West Indies in the same World Cup.
- Chris Gayle was the leading run scorer of Champions Trophy 2006 with 474 runs. He also took 8 wickets in 8 matches.
- Gayle is also the first Windies cricketer to score over 9000 runs and pick over 150 wickets in ODIs.
We wish him all the best luck and hope that he can make the last tournament of his career a memorable one.
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