West Indies’ explosive batsman, Chris Gayle is having a ball while playing for the Caribbean islands, against a formidable England side, which saw him score two trailblazing hundreds and a fifty in the three ODIs that he’s been a part of. As a result of his success with the bat, Gayle is reconsidering his decision of retiring from international cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup of 2019.
"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,"
"I just have to work on the body, and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle. Things change quickly. Hopefully, the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. What's the matter with the body? I'm nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We'll see. We'll take it slowly," Chris Gayle remarked.
The third ODI in Grenada, was a run feast from both ends, as 807 runs were struck, which also consisted of a record number of 46 sixes, which is the most struck in an ODI game. The Windies eventually fell short of 29 runs, after England posted a mammoth target of 418. However, the game turned out to be a memorable one for Gayle as he secured 10,000 runs in the fifty over format.
"I think this is one of the most entertaining games I've ever played in," he said. "It was a fantastic game of cricket. 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 utilise that new ball well. If we had, we would have been chasing 380. I'm sure the team are 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," Gayle said.
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