It is an honor to entertain people: Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle, at the age of 39, still abundantly high from any other performer in today’s cricket world, lifted ‘Man of the Series’ trophy in what may be his last home ODI series.
Smashing 77 off just 27 balls, he propelled his team to a 7 wickets victory after England had been skittled out for 113 in 28.1 overs while batting first.
“This is my last ODI series in the Caribbean,” the Jamaican giant 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,” he said.
Gayle is set to retire from the ODI format after the upcoming World Cup tournament in May. In the five match series played against England, he hammered 424 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 134.17.
“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,”
Gayle said after the final ODI.
Admitting this the best he played in home conditions, Gayle said, “I’m thankful for the form. 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.”