After a farewell knock, a farewell hug, a guard of honour and other shenanigans including sporting a 301 jersey marking his 301st ODI game, Chris Gayle revealed he never announced his retirement. “I didn’t announce any retirement,” Gayle said according to an update on West Indies’ twitter handle.
He further went on to mention that he would be with the West Indies “until further notice”.
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Chris Gayle had announced earlier that the India series would be his last. This apparently included the Test series too but he wasn’t picked in the Test ream which put his career in limbo.
It was, however, conveniently assumed that Gayle was retiring after the final ODI and his on-field gestures and good-byes to Indian players further strengthened that belief.
Virat Kohli even went on to eloquently appreciate Gayle post the game. “I would like to congratulate him for a great, great career playing for West Indies. He’s done so much for West Indies cricket and he’s an icon all over the world. One of the nicest human beings around. That for me is his biggest quality.”
“Everyone knows about his cricket but I think the kind of person he is – so helpful with the youngsters, fun-loving and always smiling, even in the most (high) pressure situations he is always smiling. Chris Gayle the person is the best part of him. The cricket everyone knows. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with him as a friend and get to know him as a person, and he is a gem of a human being. I think he can be really proud of that firstly,” Kohli said.
West Indies’ next ODI series is against India in November. Will Gayle be a part then? We never know.