West Indian starter Chris Gayle has never lacked self-confidence and, at 39 years of age and just announced, will retire from ODI cricket at the end of the World Cup this summer, it does not seem that he will suddenly turn to Modesty anytime soon.
Gayle will return to the colors of the West Indies for the five series of games against England, which starts in Barbados on Wednesday, after deciding that his elite-level career is coming to an end. It is a race that covers more than 400 international matches and includes 40 hundred for the West Indies, which he himself has expressed, with a typical exuberance, quite satisfied.
“You’re looking at a great man,” he said on Sunday at Kensington Oval. “I’m the best player in the world, of course I’m still the Chief Universe, that will never change, I’ll take it to the grave, I’m trying to draw the line after the World Cup.”
“Or should I say cut the rope? Definitely, in cricket over 50 years, the World Cup is the end for me, I’ll let the young people have fun and I can sit down at the party stand and watch them have fun.” ”
Gayle will continue on the T20 franchise circuit and hopes to be chosen for The Hundred, the new ECB competition, when it starts in 2020.
For now, Gayle’s focus is on the next series against England, the best ODI team in the world. Having skipped tours to India and Bangladesh last year, Gayle played for the last time for the West Indies in July, but despite that absence, and having suffered a poor season in the recent Bangladesh Premier League when averaging less than 20, Gayle He says he is fit and believes that he still attacks fear in opposition players.
“I’m in good condition,” he said. “The body feels good and I’m satisfied with that, I lost some weight and I do not want to be too big, I’m still working on my six-pack, I’m trying to keep up.” with young people in the field who are like cats in the way they chase the ball. I still have it in me and I’m still enjoying it.
“I do not know who is opening the bowls for England, but any bowler is going to take care of Chris Gayle, that does not change because he is 39 now, they are going to say ‘yes, he has some gray hairs. Look for it now, this is the perfect time to get the head of the universe now that he is 39 years old. ‘
“Being back in the colors of the West Indies is the most important thing, in fact, I am looking to move forward with the Windies, I will bring some experience to play and I will share that with the young and I hope to enjoy the coming months.” with the cricket team of the West Indies.
“This series against England could be the last time people see Universe Boss on local soil, in the last game I played in Barbados for Jamaica, I won a hundred and it would be good to continue where I left off and entertain local fans.” as much as possible. At the end of the day, everyone should be happy and enjoy the game. ”
Although the West Indies won their last series in Bangladesh, they only won 11 of their last 40 ODI and reached the World Cup, passing the qualifying tournament. The presence of Gayle in a young squad of the West Indies, even if he has not been in great shape, provides the much needed experience for Captain Jason Holder to trust, as well as some ballast at the top of the order, especially given the absence of Evin Lewis for the series against England through injury.
Despite the limitations of the team and the passage of time of the father, Gayle hopes that his fifth World Cup is the perfect end to an ODI star race. “Winning the World Cup would be a fairytale ending,” he said. “The youngsters must beat me, they have to do that for me and try to get me the trophy, I’ll also look for my opinion.”