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I want to get three T20 World Cups under my belt before retiring: Chris Gayle

March 2, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Chris Gayle is prepared to make a comeback in national colors for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka. The first of the three T20Is between West Indies and Sri Lanka is going to be played on March 4. Chris Gayle’s future in the international circuit was a matter of speculation right after the 2019 World Cup.

The batsman first declared that the showpiece event would be his last ODI assignment. However, he has continued to be a constant for several T20 sides around the world. The Jamaican cricketer hinted at prolonging his short-format career until he was 45. Ahead of the Sri Lanka series, Gayle briefly talked about the willpower of the mind that pushes him to still play at the highest level.

I am happy to bat anywhere the team management wants me to: Chris Gayle

Gayle is one of eight cricketers to feature in both West Indies’ T20 World Cup-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2016. The 41-year-old is now eyeing a third title when the tournament gets underway in India in October-November this year. In 58 T20Is, Gayle has accumulated 1627 runs at a strike-rate of 142.84 with two centuries and 13 fifties. Talking about domestic T20 cricket, Gayle has more than 13000 runs in 413 games at a strike-rate of 146.86 with 22 hundred.

His record tally of 22 tons in all T20 cricket is 14 more than anyone else. David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Michael Klinger have all struck eight centuries each.

Gayle was initially left on the side-lines by Kings XI Punjab during the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. However, the dynamic batsman showed the team what they had been missing when they selected him midway through the tournament with a string of high scores. Having spent most of his career as an opening batsman, he impressed in the IPL batting at No 3. He averaged 43.88 from nine innings. Gayle is one of four openers in the West Indies T20 squad but the batsman has stated that he could be used lower down the order again.

West Indies T20I squad against Sri Lanka

Kieron Pollard (C), Chris Gayle, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth