Legendary cricketer Chris Gayle seemingly bid adieu to international cricket today as he walked to the dressing room after being dismissed for 15 runs against Australia in the ongoing T20 World Cup fixture.
Abu Dhabi: Legendary cricketer Chris Gayle seemingly bid adieu to international cricket today as he walked to the dressing room after being dismissed for 15 runs against Australia in the ongoing T20 World Cup fixture.
Though, there has not been any formal announcement of the retirement but the left-handed batsman dropped big hints for the fans of quitting top-flight cricket as he raised his bat towards the fans and distributed his cricketing gears to fans in the stands.
The ‘Universe Boss’ is one of the best batsmen of the shortest format. With 14306 runs in 452 matches, Gayle tops the run-scoring charts. No other batsman has scored more than 12000 runs. While he isn’t expected to play for West Indies again, he looks set to play overseas leagues.
Fans on social media have been wishing him farewell after the ‘cool’ walk that Gayle took to the dressing room.
“Thanks for making our childhood memorable Universe Boss”, wrote one user.
“Thank you for the memories @henrygayle! One of the coolest to grace a Cricket stadium…and in true form, 6 and out to bow out of the game!,” wrote Suhail Chandhok, sports commentator
“End of an era Red heart, Thank You for entertaining us, Universe Boss!! Raising hands, #Gayle #UniverseBoss #AUSvWI”, wrote another user.
A two-time T20 World Cup-winning player, Gayle has 1899 runs in 79 T20Is. He averaged 28.11 and struck at 137.31. Gayle’s tally includes 2 centuries and 14 half-centuries. He also scalped 19 wickets in the shortest format. A regular opener, Gayle often batted at number 3 in the lead up to the T20 World Cup 2021.
The left-handed batsman looked in touch and was batting at over a strike-rate of 150 before he edged a delivery back onto the stumps. The WI legend scored 15 off 9.
first published:Nov. 6, 2021, 4:53 p.m.