West Indies veteran Chris Gayle has confirmed that he has no intentions to retire for now following the completion of the ODI series against India on Wednesday.
Gayle struck a 41-ball 72 in the third and final ODI at Trinidad while wearing a special jersey with the number 301 on his back. It was the southpaw’s 301st ODI appearance for Windies and the extended send-off he was given by the Indian players post his dismissal sparked rumours of a potential international retirement.
The Jamaican poured cold water over those rumours after his side’s six-wicket loss and confirmed to Windies Cricket in a video that he has not announced any retirement plans.
The 39-year-old was originally due to retire from international cricket post the completion of the 2019 World Cup in England. However, he changed his mind midway through the tournament and expressed his wish to feature in the ongoing series against India.
Gayle was granted his wish by Windies Cricket with the opening batsman making full use of that chance to go past Brian Lara’s ODI run-tally and become the highest run-getter for his country in the format.
“To my knowledge, he [Gayle] has not retired,” West Indies skipper Jason Holder said on Wednesday.
“But today was an example of his career. He was entertaining, he showed presence, and that’s just what people have come to expect of Chris Gayle over the years.”
Gayle has not been picked for the upcoming two-match Test series against India although he had previously expressed his desire to play one more five-day game for West Indies.
It now remains to be seen whether the veteran batsman features in West Indies’ upcoming tour of the subcontinent in November where they are slated to take on both Afghanistan and India.
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