Prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup, West Indies star Chris Gayle announced that he would retire from One-Day International cricket at the conclusion of the tournament.
However, at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match against India at Old Trafford, the Jamaican hinted that he may make a U-turn on his decision.
“After the World Cup, I’ll maybe play a test match against India and then play the ODIs that follow.”
His captain, Jason Holder was asked whether or not the news was true and said: “Yeah, I was just updated. He didn’t really say anything in the dressing room.
“It’s great [for us] and it’s great for cricket. It’s good to have Chris around and as I said before, he’s got a lot to offer and hopefully his body can hold up and he can be on the field a bit longer for the West Indies.
“I guess I have to go downstairs and have a serious conversation with him. If he’s dedicated to playing for the West Indies then I feel it’s definitely going to be a benefit having him around.”
The 39-year-old has had an illustrious career spanning two decades and there is no doubt that having scored 10,000 ODI runs as well as two triple centuries in Test cricket that he is one of the best West Indian cricketers to have played the game – joining the likes of Brian Lara, Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards.
“I’m definitely up there with the greats without a doubt. Like I say, I enjoy each and every moment playing for the West Indies. I still have a few games to go,” said Gayle.
It would seem fitting for Gayle to end on a high after bringing so much enjoyment to millions of people around the world.
He said: “In these three games, I’d love to get a hundred. If it doesn’t happen, I can’t actually complain or be too hard on myself. I’ve achieved a lot.”