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    "I am the greatest player of all time" : Chris Gayle

    Question (Q): Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Scoring a hundred in a T20 final, must have been a box you wanted to tick.

    Chris Gayle (CG): “Thank you so much. It is a big game, a big occasion. To actually stand out and get a century in a final, you actually look back and say well done. You tap yourself on the back. It is a winning effort as well, which makes it more special for me. So I am glad that we came out on top.

    Q: You didn't start too quickly, was that part of the plan?

    CG: They started well. We had a slow start. We lost [Johnson] Charles a bit early. [Brendon] McCullum came in. We had to give ourselves a chance to bat as deep as possible. It was important for one of us to bat right through the innings. It actually set the momentum for us. We didn't let their best bowlers get wickets.

    Q: When you were batting, did you set any goals?

    CG: In a very important game like a final, I look to bat 15 overs. Once I bat that deep, the bowlers will tend to be more tentative in the back end; you will get more loose balls once I am in the middle. The other batter can feed off that as well.

    Q: Where would you rank this innings among your 20 T20 hundreds?

    CG: I would put it in the top five, certainly for the occasion as well. I will have to reflect where this takes place. It is right up there.

    Q: What did you think of your captain?

    CG: Mash is a great captain. He has a lot of experience behind him. He is a cool guy; he will talk some crazy stuff and make you laugh, make you relaxed. It is always good to be led by Mash. He doesn't give up till the end. He is a good listener as well. The respect from him was good as well.

    Q: Have you seen a batsman better at hitting sixes?

    CG: Na na na, there's only one Universe Boss. Only one, only one. [Evin] Lewis is in the making. Be aware of him.

    Q: We didn't see Gangnam Style.

    CG: My ankle was twisted so I couldn't jump too much. We have to celebrate winning a big tournament. It is a long tournament, so overall every player deserves to have fun. I have been coming here every BPL season. You guys should be thankful to the South Africa T20 was called off because I was going to go there. InshAllah, I will be back next year and entertain you guys.

    Q: Where do you want to take yourself in T20s?

    CG: 11,000 runs, that's a fantastic achievement. I actually do it for the people, to be honest with you. I am 38. I am entertaining the fans for as long as possible. I will look to win cups for whichever teams I am playing for.

    Q: How many centuries do you want to score in T20s?

    CG: I just want to hit sixes, and the centuries will come.

    Q: Are you the greatest T20 player of all time?

    CG: No, I am the greatest player of all time.

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    He may be the Universe Boss but he's no Boom Boom.


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    I came here to rip on him but he's just having fun so giving him a pass.

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    He is pure entertainment.

    You couldn't say he is short of confidence



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    I thought he might mention Shahid Afridi as one of the crazy hitters as well. But yea epic stuff from the big man. Only he can do something like this.


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    I say the same thing when i manage to hit a straight drive

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    Looks a good innings and Im sure he was being sarcastic.


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    Don't blush BPL.

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    Gayle is an entertainer on and off the pitch.

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    Cricket's Zlatan

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    Gayle is quite a character. Fantastic player and a brilliant T20 batter. He should have played more tests and ODI's though for West Indies.

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    Nothing he says should be taken seriously since he's quite a jolly character.


    Chak de.

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    Lol I like this guy.That last answer was clearly sarcastic.

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    He's one of the humblest cricketers out there. Even a person with limited cricketing knowledge can tell this was a statement for the fun of it.

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    What a beast!

    The Boss, indeed!

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    UNIVERSE BOSS

    Christopher Henry Gayle.


    I am not one of you. I never was. I am not one of them either.

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    Legend


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    PakPassion.net : You are now thirty-seven-years-old, how many more years has the 'universe boss' got left in him in cricket?

    Chris Gayle : That’s right to call me that if you like! I am thirty-seven-years old and looking forward to playing maybe another two years or more, if I am being honest with you. As long as the body holds up and is treated properly, then I will see how long I can go on and entertain the fans as much as possible. At the same time it depends on how I feel and I if I can keep enjoying the game, then that will be another plus point. That’s the kind of frame of mind I am in now and hoping to get through some of these phases caused by recent injuries. Once I have my fitness back, then I will be all set and ready to go on even further.

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    A massive underachiever Chris Gayle, imo....


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    Oh Chris, '...don't blush.'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtTre39ZjzQ

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    He has been a great servant, fantastic record across all formats.


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Biggest, Greatest, Cleanest hitter of the cricket ball.

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    Possibly the best T20 player of all time, Chris Gayle was made for the format. But he's also got a good record in the longer formats too.

    He's definitely one of the biggest entertainers of all time too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Possibly the best T20 player of all time, Chris Gayle was made for the format. But he's also got a good record in the longer formats too.

    He's definitely one of the biggest entertainers of all time too.
    Very underated across all formats, sure things could always be better but his career has been brilliant overall for an opening batsman who made his debut in 1999.

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    Two TRIPLE HUNDREDS in test matches. In this tamasha people forget that he was a more than decent test batsman. Scored hundred off 70 balls at Perth (chasing 359) and almost won the test.


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    Back in Windies ODI squad - seems still something left in the tank and could be around for the World Cup also


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    Can't wait to see Gayle in action in T20s.

    Greatest ever T20 bat.

    Greatest ever hitter of the cricket ball.

    Arguable the greatest ever entertainer in all of cricket.

    #GOAT

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    Q: How many centuries do you want to score in T20s?

    CG: I just want to hit sixes, and the centuries will come.



    Honestly his six hitting skills are simply unmatched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    Q: How many centuries do you want to score in T20s?

    CG: I just want to hit sixes, and the centuries will come.



    Honestly his six hitting skills are simply unmatched.
    Well I guess you haven't seen me play then.

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    Chris Gayle: West Indies batsman to retire after 2019 World Cup

    West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after this summer's World Cup.

    Gayle, 39, has scored 9,727 ODI runs - second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians - in 284 matches since his debut in 1999.

    Gayle said: "I'm looking to draw the line - or should I say cut the string - let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand."

    The World Cup will be held in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

    Left-handed opener Gayle is in the West Indies squad to face England in a five-match ODI series starting on Wednesday in Barbados.

    Asked if he might also end his ODI career as a World Cup winner, he said: "Absolutely, the youngsters owe it to me.

    "They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. But I'll be looking to put my input in as well."

    "It is a big year for me. I hope 2019 can finish for me on a great note."

    Gayle has made 23 ODI centuries, and his 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 is the fourth-highest score in history. He is one of only six men to have scored an ODI double hundred.

    A part-time off-spinner, he has also taken 165 ODI wickets at 35.33 apiece.

    He was part of the West Indies team that won the Champions Trophy in England in 2004.

    Gayle has played 103 Tests for West Indies, but in recent years has focused on limited-overs matches, both internationally and in domestic Twenty20 competitions.

    He will continue to be available for T20s, and he said is is keen to play in the England and Wales Cricket Board's inaugural 100-ball competition in 2020.

    "I guess England should invite me over. Then I'll explode the tournament and say 'thank you guys; bring in a youngster now'," he said.

    "I'll set the trend for you like I did in all tournaments around the world. Fingers crossed, we'll see what happens."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/47273515



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    So they select him for the WC?
    He is way way past it.

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    81 off 91 so far.... Universe Boss in a hurry!


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    Legend.

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    I really thought he was finished, but what a wonderful batsman, raning sixes at Bridgetown.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shaaik View Post
    Chris Gayle: West Indies batsman to retire after 2019 World Cup

    West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after this summer's World Cup.

    Gayle, 39, has scored 9,727 ODI runs - second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians - in 284 matches since his debut in 1999.

    Gayle said: "I'm looking to draw the line - or should I say cut the string - let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand."

    The World Cup will be held in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

    Left-handed opener Gayle is in the West Indies squad to face England in a five-match ODI series starting on Wednesday in Barbados.

    Asked if he might also end his ODI career as a World Cup winner, he said: "Absolutely, the youngsters owe it to me.

    "They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. But I'll be looking to put my input in as well."

    "It is a big year for me. I hope 2019 can finish for me on a great note."

    Gayle has made 23 ODI centuries, and his 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 is the fourth-highest score in history. He is one of only six men to have scored an ODI double hundred.

    A part-time off-spinner, he has also taken 165 ODI wickets at 35.33 apiece.

    He was part of the West Indies team that won the Champions Trophy in England in 2004.

    Gayle has played 103 Tests for West Indies, but in recent years has focused on limited-overs matches, both internationally and in domestic Twenty20 competitions.

    He will continue to be available for T20s, and he said is is keen to play in the England and Wales Cricket Board's inaugural 100-ball competition in 2020.

    "I guess England should invite me over. Then I'll explode the tournament and say 'thank you guys; bring in a youngster now'," he said.

    "I'll set the trend for you like I did in all tournaments around the world. Fingers crossed, we'll see what happens."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/47273515
    Chris Gayle reconsidering retirement after England purple patch

    Chris Gayle’s golden run since making his comeback to the West Indies one-day side now has him reconsidering his decision to retire from the sport after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

    In four matches since he came back, Gayle has 347 runs at a strike-rate of 120.06. In the most recent of those games, the fourth ODI against England in Grenada on Wednesday, 27 February, Gayle struck a brutal 162. His innings contained a staggering 14 sixes and powered the West Indies to their highest-ever ODI score, although it still wasn’t enough to overhaul England’s 418/6 as they fell short by 29 runs.

    But Gayle breached personal landmarks, becoming the second man to smash 300 sixes in an ODI career, after Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, and the second West Indian to 10,000 career runs, after former captain Brian Lara.

    "I've been playing a lot of T20 cricket, so it's always going to be a difficult coming back into 50 over cricket. But eventually the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format,” he said.

    "I just have to work on the body, and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle. Things change quickly. Hopefully, the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. What's the matter with the body? I'm nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We'll see. We'll take it slowly."

    Gayle personally enjoyed Wednesday’s slugfest, which featured 807 runs and a world-record 46 sixes, and was happy with his personal accomplishments. But he felt the defeat was ultimately a result of how they began with the ball.

    "I think this is one of the most entertaining games I've ever played in," he said. "It was a fantastic game of cricket. To get the 10,000-run milestone is a great feeling. I've done it in T20 as well. It's a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well – that makes it even more superb.

    "We didn't utilise that new ball well. If we had, we would have been chasing 380. I'm sure the team are all disappointed. I can see the expression on their faces. It's a learning process for the young players. If they do things differently, they could have won. So it's good to see that body language when you lose. When that situation comes again, I'm sure it will be totally different."

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    Definitely among the top 5 greatest entertainers of all time, and one of the most accomplished openers of the modern era.

    He is without any doubt a legend of the game and not just Caribbean cricket. A lot of people, especially the younger, 2010 era fans do not realize or remember that he was a very good Test cricketer as well.

    He has played 103 Test matches for West Indies. It is ridiculous to call him a T20 specialist and a sell-out.

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    One of the most destructive cricketers ever.

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    What a boss. The best entertainer in cricket bar none.


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    This dudes nicknames always make me laugh, Universal Boss

    But he might singlehandedly get WI to semis or something this time around. Flat pitches etc he’ll have a blast.

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    He is pretty damn good for someone his age.

    If he carries this form to the World Cup, and gets some flat pitches..


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    His consistency is amazing as well.

    If only he played some tests as well making their team even more interesting. He could have scored a lot of double hundreds on phattas if relations with the WICB had been well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    His consistency is amazing as well.

    If only he played some tests as well making their team even more interesting. He could have scored a lot of double hundreds on phattas if relations with the WICB had been well.
    WICB wasted so many years from since 2010s. Gayle would legit become an ATG in all formats had WICB not been so incompetent for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    His consistency is amazing as well.

    If only he played some tests as well making their team even more interesting. He could have scored a lot of double hundreds on phattas if relations with the WICB had been well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Gomes View Post
    WICB wasted so many years from since 2010s. Gayle would legit become an ATG in all formats had WICB not been so incompetent for so long.
    Gayle has back problems so ruled himself out of selection for Tests.

    He had a successful and lengthy Test career anyway.

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    This was surely Gayle's last ODI game in the Caribbean. And like the showman he is, he made sure to go out on a bang: he's scored almost 500 runs in this series. Such an iconic player.

    We will miss you Gayle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Gayle has back problems so ruled himself out of selection for Tests.

    He had a successful and lengthy Test career anyway.
    He was missing tests due to rift with WICB since late 2000s, that's long before his back problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Gomes View Post
    WICB wasted so many years from since 2010s. Gayle would legit become an ATG in all formats had WICB not been so incompetent for so long.
    It's a pity seeing how flat Test wickets been since 2010 world wide. He would have massacred most of the bowlers in the top 10. He would have complemented Kraigg Braithwaite well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    It's a pity seeing how flat Test wickets been since 2010 world wide. He would have massacred most of the bowlers in the top 10. He would have complemented Kraigg Braithwaite well.
    Well he is still the GOAT in T20s so that's something. He at least got to see the best six hitter in cricket history. 39 sixes in 4 matches is insane stuff.

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    fter signing off with a typically blistering 77 off 27 balls in his final home one-day international, West Indies opener Chris Gayle reflected on his two-decade international career, and what it meant playing for the Windies.

    In a thoughtful and emotional farewell speech, Gayle expressed his gratitude to the people of the Caribbean for their support through this series and his career. With two centuries and two fifties in four matches, Gayle was the biggest thorn in England’s side, as West Indies held to a stalemate the No.1-ranked team on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings.

    "This is my last ODI series in the Caribbean," Gayle said. "So I was giving the fans a nice wave. 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.

    "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."

    Since announcing his retirement, Gayle has scored 424 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 134, leaving many, including himself, wondering why he’s walking away.

    Gayle had been a diminishing force before the start of this series. Runs had deserted him in T20 leagues around the world. The IPL, which Gayle set alight for so many years with his monstrous hitting, was no longer as interested in him – he went unsold twice at the 2018 auction before being bought by Kings XI Punjab for his base price ($US 200,000 approx).

    Punjab retained him for IPL 2019, but there was no escaping the fact that the decline has been steep for a man who was once the hottest free agent in the world of franchise T20 cricket. However, the announcement of his retirement seems to have stoked the fire inside him.

    "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.

    "I'm not surprised by how well I've done, or the number of sixes. Sixes come along. It's just natural, to be honest. In T20s, I score a lot of sixes as well, but this is the first time in an ODI series. To hit 39 sixes aged 39 – it's fantastic from a personal point of view.

    "But my mindset is that, even when I'm 60, I'll still think I can do it. I'll still think I can score runs against the best bowlers in the world. That will never change. It's just the body which is always the worrying part for me."

    Gayle still felt that the 2002-03 tour of India, where he hit three centuries in seven ODIs as West Indies beat India, was his best ODI series. He was 23 then. Now 39, Gayle is at a stage where most cricketers would be happy to go out on the kind of form he has been in during this England series.

    But would he still rethink his decision to walk away from all of it, as he had indicated a few days ago? "You'll just have to wait and see," he said. "There's still a long way to go. Let's just carry on with life."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post

    Gayle is a beast when it comes to six-hitting, easily the best I’ve seen.

    But what is interesting about the above stats on Afridi’s fastest 50s in ODIs for Pakistan is that this guy was scoring such rapid fire 50s in less than 20 balls in 90s and early 2000s... and nearly two decades later, no other Pakistani batsman/big hitter has managed to get 50 in 20 balls or less, even in this age of fast roller coaster T20 cricket.

    Only batsman who potentially looked like he could do it for Pakistan after Afridi is Sharjeel Khan.


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    Gayle is pure Entertainment !!!

    That is the word that describes him the best

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    He is surely one of the better players in shorter formats and a good Test player as well. We don't have many with such profile in recent times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majid Khan View Post
    Gayle is a beast when it comes to six-hitting, easily the best I’ve seen.

    But what is interesting about the above stats on Afridi’s fastest 50s in ODIs for Pakistan is that this guy was scoring such rapid fire 50s in less than 20 balls in 90s and early 2000s... and nearly two decades later, no other Pakistani batsman/big hitter has managed to get 50 in 20 balls or less, even in this age of fast roller coaster T20 cricket.

    Only batsman who potentially looked like he could do it for Pakistan after Afridi is Sharjeel Khan.
    for the slack Afridi gets for his awful shot selection (rightfully so) and inconsistency, his power and timing were elite - very rare.

    it might be a while till Pak produce someone else who has that combination of timing and power

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    Quote Originally Posted by coy0607 View Post
    for the slack Afridi gets for his awful shot selection (rightfully so) and inconsistency, his power and timing were elite - very rare.

    it might be a while till Pak produce someone else who has that combination of timing and power
    Indeed, and on a side note he got 400 wkts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Definitely among the top 5 greatest entertainers of all time, and one of the most accomplished openers of the modern era.

    He is without any doubt a legend of the game and not just Caribbean cricket. A lot of people, especially the younger, 2010 era fans do not realize or remember that he was a very good Test cricketer as well.

    He has played 103 Test matches for West Indies. It is ridiculous to call him a T20 specialist and a sell-out.
    Yeah, I believe he even shredded Wasim & Waqar in a Test once, and people say if he played Test he would be pulled apart.

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    Chris Gayle, has become the fastest to score 4000 runs in the Indian T20 League.


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    Ahead of his fifth, and final appearance at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, West Indies opener Chris Gayle said that the longevity is a testament to the consistency in his career.

    Gayle has been around international cricket for two decades now, having made his debut in 1999. He announced earlier this year that the 2019 editions of cricket’s flagship tournament would mark his final appearance in Windies ODI colours.

    "Time does fly quickly," Gayle told Press Trust of India. "I could never dream of playing so many World Cups, but it has happened. It shows consistency in the career. That keeps you going and earn a lot of praise. Hard work in the last couple of has years paid off. People want to see you more and you are trying to deliver as much as possible."

    Since deciding to step away, Gayle has been in imperious one-day form. He began his final run as an ODI cricketer with scores of 135, 50, 162 and 77 in four matches against England at home.

    If Gayle shows up in similar form during the World Cup, it could spell ominous signs for teams around the world. He admitted that he did consider walking away earlier, but credited the continuous support from the fans for keeping him going.

    "Honestly [I do it for] the fans, I am not going to lie. Maybe a couple of years ago, the thought [of retiring] did cross," he said. “Then the fans came out and said, 'don't go'. They actually drive me to go on. I know nothing lasts forever and, hopefully, I can give them a few more games. And it also pushes you to win the World Cup."

    The Cricket West Indies board has seen a number of structural changes, under the stewardship of the new president, Ricky Skerritt. They have also turned over a leaf on the field, under the captaincy of Jason Holder, registering a famous Test series win against England at home and holding the No.1-ranked side to a stalemate in the ODI series that followed.

    "We have seen changes [in the cricket board] in the last couple of months," Gayle said. "Cricket is the most important thing for the Caribbean. Hope they take the game to where it is supposed to be. On the field, we had a good series against England. Now the World Cup is coming up, and that is another opportunity for us to turn things around."

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    Gayle planning to put on a show

    Chris Gayle is ready to go big one just one last time.

    The 39-year old showman cannot wait to strut on the big stage again as he prepares for his fifth and final ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup appearance with the West Indies.

    Since announcing this will be his one-day international swansong, Gayle has been even more destructive than normal.

    He unleashed a world record 39 sixes in the recent one-day series with England and has scored 424 runs, at an average of 106, since making his decision public.

    Couple with that his brutal run-scoring in the recent Indian Premier League – 490 runs in 13 matches with Kings XI Punjab – and you can see why a player never short in confidence is ready to swagger.

    “I know what the fans want to see – they want the sixes,” he said. “I’m excited to put on a show for them.

    “I’m excited about the battle with the best bowlers in the world, they know what I can do, they know how dangerous I can be.

    “These young players don’t make it easy but they know I’m still the man. I’m going to enjoy the tournament, there is nothing to prove but it would be nice to win the World Cup.”

    Jason Holder’s team welcome back Gayle, Evin Lewis and Andre Russell, who were absent from the recent Tri-Series in Dublin, where the two-time world champions were beaten in three consecutive matches by Bangladesh.

    And Lewis is hoping memories of their ICC World Twenty20 success three years ago will inspire them.

    “That was a great feeling, it would be great to get over the line again,” he said.

    “We know we are underdogs but we are relaxed and we back ourselves. This is the biggest stage, it’s where you want the big scores. We just have to play hard and hope for the best.”


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    He has obviously not heard of Sachin Tendulkar, Brain Lara or Viv Richards. These three for starters were all better then him. Gayle was an average Test batsman as well.


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    Shimron Hetmyer hopes Chris Gayle performs retirement U-turn and plays into his 40s

    Rising West Indies star Shimron Hetmyer is hoping Chris Gayle changes his mind about international retirement - just so he can keep learning from his hero.

    Since announcing the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be his swansong, the 39-year old Universe Boss has been playing like he’s on a different planet.

    He unleashed a world record 39 sixes in the recent one-day series with England and has scored 424 ODI runs, at an average of 106, since making his decision public.

    Couple with that his brutal run-scoring in the recent Indian Premier League - 490 runs in 13 matches with Kings XI - and you can see why a player never short in confidence is ready to swagger on the big stage.

    Hetmyer - who scored the fastest century by a West Indian against England earlier this year, reaching three figures in just 82 balls in Bridgetown - is a big hitter from the same mould.

    You could almost read his mind as he paced around the Trent Bridge boundary, a ground that has seen some high scores in recent years, ahead of Friday’s tournament opener against Pakistan.

    “I’ve learned so much just being around Chris,” said Hetmyer, who captained the West Indies to victory in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup three years ago.

    “I watched him when I was young, playing on TV and he was one of my idols and he’s still my idol right now.

    “I just want to learn as much as possible from him as he comes to the end of his career, he’s one of the greatest cricketers to play for the West Indies.

    “It’s sad to see him go, he will be dearly missed. He is someone you can always lean on in different situations and pick his brain.

    “I think he is probably in the best form of his life, coming round to the end of his career. We are wonder why he is actually retiring but it’s down to how he feels. I’d love him to continue, it would be fantastic for world cricket.”

    Hetmyer played for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gayle’s former team, in the recent Indian Premier League season but struggled for runs in all but one of his five appearances.

    “It was my first year and it was great to play against the best players in world cricket and learn from a leader and captain like Virat,” he added.

    “I’m trying to put all those lessons into this tournament now. This is my lifelong dream, playing in the World Cup but I can’t let the occasion get to him.”


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    Gayle's record against Pakistan is pretty atrocious. Last scored a century against us a decade ago. Lets see how he goes tomorrow. Pakistan will target him, wont allow him to play 10 off 30 and then score 80 off the next 40

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    Has a habit of starting world tournaments with a bang. Hope he doesn’t get going tomorrow.

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    Gayle will be outdone by Imad tomorrow. Sarf to open the bowling with Imad.. just for one over ... The worrying part is Russell he can make a 30 ball 60-70 and boss the game...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumb View Post
    Gayle will be outdone by Imad tomorrow. Sarf to open the bowling with Imad.. just for one over ... The worrying part is Russell he can make a 30 ball 60-70 and boss the game...
    If he's going to get outdone by a spinner, it's more likely to be Hafeez who has done it before against him and is capable of doing it again, as he has done done against plenty of world class left-handed batsmen.

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    Losing this game is not an option.
    If we lose, we wont qualify for semis, effectively our wc iwill be over.

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    Gayle will start quivering once he sees our PSL legends again

    Not enough for good enough for Lahore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plumb View Post
    Gayle will be outdone by Imad tomorrow. Sarf to open the bowling with Imad.. just for one over ... The worrying part is Russell he can make a 30 ball 60-70 and boss the game...
    More like 30 ball 90 his weakness is when the bowler follows him u have to watch his feet our bowlers have been terrible at doing that so we’ll see what happens

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    Chris Gayle became the most prolific six-hitter in World Cup history as he led the West Indies to a commanding seven-wicket win over Pakistan with over 36 overs to spare at Trent Bridge. Gayle broke the record for the most maximums in the tournament’s history on his way to smashing a half-century at a ground synonymous with mammoth totals in recent years – with Pakistan’s carelessness in the face of the short-ball tactic contributing to a sub-standard total of 105 all out in 21.4 overs. Oshane Thomas was the main beneficiary with four for 27 on his tournament bow before Gayle took centre stage amid a blizzard of boundaries as the Windies overhauled their target with 36.2 overs to spare. There will be fears over the 39-year-old’s fitness after he seemed to injure his lower back shortly before his dismissal but his 50 from 34 balls quietened a largely pro-Pakistan crowd.

    His day was made easier by Pakistan posting their second worst World Cup score after being invited to bat first, as the pace quartet of Thomas, Jason Holder, Andre Russell and Sheldon Cottrell shared all 10 wickets. In response, Gayle made a rusty start but warmed to his task with back-to-back sixes off Hasan Ali, which took the evergreen opener past AB De Villiers’ record for the most sixes hit in the tournament’s history. Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit after missing the recent England series, ensured there would be no abject surrender from Pakistan as he snared both Shai Hope and Darren Bravo. Gayle was a long way from his fluent best but still brought up a 33-ball half-century, falling off the next delivery to Amir – as the left-armer found form by returning figures of three for 26. Nicholas Pooran took up the baton and finished with 34 from 19 balls as the 1975 and 1979 champions started their tournament in ideal fashion, while Pakistan, winners in 1992, succumbed to their 11th successive ODI defeat.


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    How has he survived so long in international cricket with that technique??
    It's quite remarkable actually.

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    Having seen the ‘Universe Boss’ boss their men around from Ahmedabad to Port-of-Spain, and from the Oval to St George’s, over nearly two decades, fans came in their thousands to Southampton amid some trepidation and much anticipation to watch Christopher Henry Gayle strut his unique stuff against England for perhaps the last time.

    And though what he delivered this time may not have been at full breakneck Gayle force, his hour-long whirlwind cameo at the crease, featuring a quite splendid joust with England’s new pace bowler Jofra Archer, and a delightful pantomime routine in the field, proved perhaps the perfect reminder of why, approaching his 40th birthday, he remains the supreme cricketing entertainer of his generation.

    It also seemed fitting, if this really was to be the last of his 69 matches against the side he has caned for eight hundreds and more than 3200 runs over the years, that he should end up setting a new landmark for the fixture, passing Sir Vivian Richards’ all-time record of 1,619 runs in Windies-England ODIs.

    Gayle could, however, not hide his dismay after having negotiated with a little discomfort the opening barrage from Archer and having set his menacing platform on 36, when he despatched a mighty pull from Liam Plunkett straight into the safe hands of Jonny Bairstow on the square leg boundary.

    On most other grounds in England it would have been another six for Gayle - adding to his unreal record of 521 maximums in all forms of international cricket - but the broad acres of the Hampshire Bowl punished his ambition.

    ‘Come in number 45, your time is up’ must be one of the most unwelcome cries in cricket, unless you’re bowling at him.

    You could almost even sense a kind of deflation puncturing the home fans’ elation even as they recognised how that dismissal might well prove fatal to West Indies hopes - as indeed it ultimately proved with their comprehensive eight-wicket defeat.

    For the Jamaican had earlier tantalised them with the prospect that he was just settling himself for the sort of epic he had delivered with his 162 at St George’s in February.

    Indeed, Gayle looked so energised for the big occasion that he was even prepared to take off on a ‘quick single’ after nine scoreless balls just to get off the mark.

    Well, as quick a single as a 39-year-old juggernaut in need of oiling can manage.

    The clash with Barbadian-born Archer was the sort of delicious script this ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup was made for. England’s young thruster, up against the team he had represented at Under-19 level six years ago and ready to give the hurry up to a West Indian legend in his fifth and final appearance at the tournament.

    Archer played his part, second ball up snorting a short and hostile one at 90mph that made the master of relaxation visibly flinch. In his next over, he then almost made Gayle play on and had him hopping with another vicious bouncer.

    Not that Gayle, who was also getting worked over by Chris Woakes at the other end, was ever going to take this lying down. He hit back by forcing Archer to take evasive action with one crashing driven four and then hoiked him through mid-wicket for another boundary.

    There followed a thunderous four over long-on and a straight six off Woakes and a period of calm as he set himself for the storm which, alas, never materialised.

    So when he was out, was this the end of the Gayle show? Not a cat in hell’s chance!

    In the field, as England cantered towards the most facile victory, he made one diving stop - honestly, a dive! - to prevent a Joe Root boundary; cue the cheer of the day.

    Then, in preposterous designer, reflective shades, he offered up five overs of his tidy off-breaks, appealing with comic aggression for no-hope lbw decisions and even persuading his captain Jason Holder to indulge his theatrical demands for a leg-before review against Woakes.

    He gave a pretend growl when it all failed. Root’s only concern was presumably that he might get himself out sniggering before he even got to his hundred.

    Yet wasn't that always the Universe Boss’s way? He was last seen signing autographs and listening to a crowd of fans singing ‘We love you, Chris!’.

    Come rain or shine in his particular galaxy, he still just keeps everyone smiling.

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    He is odd but he’s been around for a long long time and has been playing great. Cricket, entertaining fans everywhere he goes. For that he earns a lot of respect.

    You can not deny that every time he turns up for the Windies, you can sense that seriousness and fire in him which you will not see when is playing for the dozens of T20 franchises.

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    Looks like Chris Gayle wants to play the home ODI series vs India and maybe a test. He will skip the India T20 series.

    I think he wants to retire from ODIs and tests from home condition. In that regard, I think the last ODI venue of the India series should be Jamaica. Also, he should play a farewell test in his home ground Jamaica against India. That will be a fitting farewell and a deserving one for the big great man !

    I am huge Chris Gayle fan. I even want him to see him play in the 2023 WC but I know that's realistically not possible as he will be 43 by then. But definitely he should play in the 2020 T20 WC. He is such an entertainer and totally loved by the crowd !

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    Yes leave on home soil.

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    good joke


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    Did Chris Gayle deteriorate his game due to T20 leagues?

    He used to be a good international player now he’s failures are as predictable as Hashim Amla’s.

    Not the Gayle I remember.

    Specifically against India he used to produce a big one every now and then back in the day. I don’t recall him doing anything of more against us in a while.

    Is it due to him changing his game and becoming g a tuk tuk bang bang slogger

    The whole universe gimmicks has been a joke his World Cup

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    Yea age is nothing to do with it. It's t20, the fact that he's 40 years old doesn't matter

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    No it's a combination of slowing reflexes and a long term back problem.


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