Windies’ destructive batsman Chris Gayle has made it clear that the ODI World Cup 2019 will be his last appearance in the 50-over format. Windies Cricket announced the news via Twitter. “Talismanic WINDIES batsman, Chris Gayle, has announced he will retire from One-Day Internationals following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales,” read the tweet.
Chris Gayle was recently recalled to the national side for the home ODI series against England. He last played an ODI in July 2018 against Bangladesh. Since then, he has been away from national duties to participate in leagues like Afghanistan Premier League and T10 League.
Now that he is back in the ODI side, he certainly has the World Cup in his sight. The left-handed batsman wants to end on a high by winning the coveted trophy. He mentioned that he is enjoying the game and still raring to go.
“Winning the World Cup would be a fairy-tale finish. The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. I’ll be looking to put my input in as well,” Gayle was quoted as saying by India Today.
“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. I’m still working on my six pack. I’m trying to keep up with the youngsters in the field who are like cats the way they chase the ball. I still have it in me and I’m still enjoying it,” added Gayle.
I’m still the Universe Boss: Chris Gayle
Gayle is not just known for his hard-hitting on a cricket pitch, but he possesses a witty sense of humor. The 39-year-old had earned the nickname of the Universe Boss for his style. Despite being at the end of his career, he is not willing to let go of his demeanor.
He still claims to be the Universe Boss and the greatest player in the world. However, he has decided to call it quits from the 50-over format. The opener feels it’s time for the youngsters to take over.
“You’re looking at a great man. I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course, I’m still the Universe Boss. That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave. I’m looking to draw the line after the World Cup. Or should I say cut the string?
“Definitely, in 50-over cricket, the World Cup is the end for me. I’ll let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun,” Gayle was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.