‘I didn’t announce any retirement,’ Chris Gayle dismissing rumors
The third ODI against India was expected to be the final international appearance of Chris Gayle for West Indies.
It seemed to be shared a lot by Chris Gayle in the third One-Day International of the series against India. He denoted a special 301 jersey, raising his bat topping the helmet above it while he walked back into the dressing room after getting dismissed and last but not the least shared high fives with Virat Kohli and co. in the opposition.
Witnessing the phenomenon, fans, former cricketers and media personnel guessed all that as a sign of farewell as the 39-year old appearing in his 301st limited over match.
But that was wrong; after twitterati poured tributes to the legend, Gayle has clarified that he has not retired from 50-over format and will continue playing for West Indies Cricket “until further notice”.
“I didn’t announce any retirement. Yeah, I am (still with West Indies cricket) until any further notice,”
Gayle said in a brief clip posted by Windies Cricket ending the buzz around him.
Gayle slashed a 41-ball 72 but could not comfort the team as India successfully chased down a DLS-revised target of 255.
In the second match of the series, Gayle surpassed Brian Lara to become the highest run-getter for West Indies in the fifty over format with 10,405 runs.
West Indies captain Jason Holder appreciated Gayle for his “outstanding” knock and also denied about any knowledge of the Jamaican giant being retired.
“To my knowledge, he hasn’t retired. But today was an example of his career. The knock he played was outstanding. He got us off to a really good start. He was entertaining, he showed presence, and that’s just what people have come to expect of Chris Gayle over the years,” Holder said.