The West Indies opener Chris Gayle announced his retirement in the month of February told that he will retire after this ODI World Cup. But on Wednesday he revealed that he was planning to feature in the ODI series against India in the Caribbean in August and the Test series that will follow.
“Maybe a Test match against India and then I’ll play, definitely play the ODIs against India. I won’t play the T20s. That’s my plan after the World Cup.” – Gayle said.
West Indies Capitan Jason Holder said that he was unaware of Chris Gayle’s unretire but was happy for him.
“I just found out as well, too. I guess I have to go downstairs and have a serious conversation with him. But, yeah, if he’s dedicated to playing for West Indies any longer then I feel it’s definitely going to benefit us having him around.” – Holder said.
Gayle stressed that this world cup will definitely be the end for him. Gayle said – “I’m looking to draw the line there or should I say cut the string, let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun.”
Gayle so far made 100 test matches and the last test match he played for West Indies was on September 2017 against Bangladesh. He made 7000 runs at an average of over 42 in his 103 tests.
He was very intent to play the ODI series against India and decides to take retirement after that, then there will be fewer matches for him to go with.
“In these three games, I’d love to get a hundred as well. But if it doesn’t happen, I can’t actually complain or be too hard on myself. I’ve actually achieved a lot, could not have had a better career as a player representing the West Indies.” – Gayle said.
“I’m definitely up there with the greats without a doubt. As I say, I enjoy each and every moment of West Indies, playing for West Indies. It’s been a lot of ups and downs. I’ve got to say I really enjoy each and every moment. But we share some quality moments with some quality players as well. I started my career with the likes of Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, you watch them on TV and you realize they’re in the dressing room, it’s just a bunch of guys. And Brian Lara, the first captain as well, Carl Hooper. So it’s some quality moments when you look back on it.” – Gayle added.
1️⃣ Test return
2️⃣ ODIs against India
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