ST JOHN’S: Veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle introduced on Sunday that he’ll retire from One-day Worldwide cricket after this yr’s World Cup in England and Wales.
The large-hitting 39-year-old opener, who has scored 9,727 runs in 284 ODIs, is ready to play his first worldwide since final July towards England on Wednesday.
The self-styled ‘Universe Boss’ seems assured that he can bow out in type after a 20-year profession constructed on brutal hitting on the high of the order.
“You’re a terrific man,” he stated. “I’m the best participant on the earth. After all I’m nonetheless the ‘Universe Boss’. That can by no means change. I’ll take that to the grave.”
Gayle wants 677 extra runs to surpass the nice Brian Lara because the West Indies’ all-time document ODI run-scorer, a feat he might be hoping to attain at his fifth World Cup, which begins on Might 30.
The West Indies start their bid for a 3rd World Cup title on Might 31 towards Pakistan.
“I’ll let the kids have some enjoyable and I can sit again within the social gathering stand and watch them have some enjoyable,” stated Gayle. “Profitable the World Cup could be a fairytale end. The kids owe it to me to win. They’ve to do this for me and try to get me the trophy. I’ll be seeking to put my enter in as nicely.”
Gayle has been primarily a T20 specialist since making his final Take a look at look in 2014, and most not too long ago performed within the Bangladesh Premier League earlier this month.
He’ll proceed taking part in franchise cricket, with the T20 World Cup in two years’ time doubtlessly on the agenda.
“I’m in good situation. The physique is feeling good and I’m happy with that,” he added. I’ve misplaced a little bit of weight and I don’t need to get too massive. I’m nonetheless engaged on my six pack. I’m making an attempt to maintain up with the kids within the area who’re like cats the way in which they chase the ball. I nonetheless have it in me and I’m nonetheless having fun with it.”
Since making his debut in 1999, Gayle has additionally scored a West Indies document of 23 ODI a whole bunch, together with the primary ever World Cup double century towards Zimbabwe 4 years in the past when he was additionally the staff’s highest run scorer, making 340 runs at a mean of 56.66..
The sport in Barbados on Wednesday is the primary of a five-match sequence towards World Cup favourites England.
Printed in Daybreak, February 19th, 2019