“Everything points to this being the last time we will see Gayle in West Indies’ colours,” Bishop said

The ‘universal boss’ Chris Gayle has signalled his international retirement, waving goodbye to his adoring fans and teammates after a brief, though exciting, cameo against Australia.

Gayle, who earmarked Saturday’s T20 World Cup match against Australia could be his last, was bowled for 15 by Pat Cummins to leave the West Indies 1-30. On his way back to the pavilion, Gayle smiled widely, having taken off his helmet and raising his massive bat and even bigger arms.

 

Is this the last time we will see Chris Gayle in action in international cricket? As Gayle trudged off at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, a nine-ball 15 to his name, one ball after hitting his 1045th six in T20 cricket, it certainly felt that way.

Gayle, who turned 42 in September, hasn’t officially announced a retirement yet, but has been part of a team in this tournament which has felt very much at the end of an era – having won the 2012 and 2016 editions of the tournament with a core of the side still playing in this tournament. Although the captain Kieron Pollard has said he will continue, Bravo has announced his retirement.

Watching on from the commentary box, Ian Bishop and later Daren Sammy – the latter a recent team-mate and captain of Gayle – assessed the scene similarly, paying rich tribute to, arguably, the greatest T20 cricketer ever. “Everything points to this being the last time we will see Gayle in West Indies’ colours,” Bishop said .

 

Indian great VVS Laxman led the plaudits, describing Gayle Twenty20’s greatest player.

Gayle, who made his debut for the West Indies in 1999, was a pivotal man in their two Two World Cup successes and said he was thrilled to share his last match with his long-time teammate Dwayne Bravo.

“I can remember the fun memories, winning two world titles, fantastic,” Gayle said pre-match, as he hinted that Saturday’s match was the end of his international career.

“Playing with Bravo as well.

“To be a part of that has been fantastic.

“I know he’s leaving us, but he’s done a great job for West Indies cricket.

“He’s a legend of the game, one of the greats, so I’m happy to finish with DJ Bravo here in this last game against Australia.”

“But I’m semi-retired. I’m semi, I’m one away,” he quipped.

 

 

 

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