Gayle happy for productive Caribbean swansong

By March 02, 2019
Chris Gayle celebrates scoring a half century in the last game of his One Day International career in he West Indies. Chris Gayle celebrates scoring a half century in the last game of his One Day International career in he West Indies.

Christopher Henry Gayle may never walk out onto a cricket pitch for the West Indies, now Windies, in the Caribbean again, well not in a One Day International anyway, and while that thought does not make him happy, the way he has left the stage in the region, fills him with pride. 

Gayle’s last game for the Windies was a resounding success, the big left-hander scored a 27-ball 77, racing to his half-century in 19 balls, the quickest by a West Indian in an ODI, on the way to leading the regional side to a massive 7-wicket win.

Earlier, with the series at 2-1 to England, the Windies chose to field at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia, and Oshane Thomas blew them away with 5-21, leaving the visitors in tatters at 113 all out in just in 28.1 overs.

The stage was set for Gayle and he struck five fours and nine sixes, on his way to making the game safe at 93-2, just 20 runs away from ensuring a 2-2 draw in the series.

“It's been an honour 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," said Gayle.

When Gayle walked off the pitch, it was to the adulation of a grateful crowd, and he let them know he appreciated it.

"This is my last ODI series in the Caribbean, so I was giving the fans a nice wave,” the 39-year-old said.

“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,” said Gayle.

Gayle has scored 424 runs at a strike rate of 134.17, hitting 39 sixes from 216 deliveries in the series. Gayle hit a six, every 8.10 deliveries.

Still, the big man doesn’t believe this is the best he’s ever played, though he can’t remember performing like this in the Caribbean.

"My best ODI form was in India when Carl Hooper was captain," he said.

"I made three centuries in that series and I made two here."

But it is not lost on Gayle how well he is playing though, given his recent form, even in the more successful T20 trade, he plies around the world.

"I'm thankful for the form," he said.

"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,” he noted.

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