Chris Gayle has truly been a ‘universal boss’ by all regards when it comes to the limited overs format, as he scored yet another fiery knock of 77 runs of just the 27 deliveries to guide Windies to level the series 2-2. England was bundled out for a meager 113 in the first, courtesy a wonder spell by Oshane Thomas who picked a fifer in his five overs.
The towering batsman stated that he wanted his final innings in the Windies to be as memorable as possible in order to entertain the fans as he announced recently announced that he’ll be retiring from the game after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
"This is my last ODI series in the Caribbean," he said. "So I was giving the fans a nice wave. Right through the tournament, they have been superb from both sides: West Indies and England sides. It would be nice if it was in Jamaica, but the crowds have been fantastic.
"It's been an honor to wear the crest and entertain the people around the Caribbean. West Indies is No. 1. This is the best achievement you can have in the Caribbean as a cricketer. This is the best thing, to be honest with you,” a proud Chris Gayle said.
Prior to the series versus England, Chris Gayle was struggling to find form in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which left quite a few people questioning his role as a batsman. But after scoring two big hundreds and two fifties against a formidable England line-up the 39 years silenced several of his critics.
"I wasn't getting any runs in the T20 tournaments I was playing. When you get a chance to score runs, make sure you score heavy. But it's the best [I've played] in my home conditions and I'm happy and grateful for that,” he added.
"I'm not surprised by how well I've done. Or the number of sixes. Sixes come along. It's just natural, to be honest. In T20s I score a lot of sixes as well, but this is the first time in an ODI series. To hit 39 sixes aged 39: it's fantastic from a personal point of view.”
"But my mindset is that, even when I'm 60, I'll still think I can do it. I'll still think I can score runs against the best bowlers in the world. That will never change. It's just the body which is always the worrying part for me," the explosive batsman remarked.
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