Veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has announced that he will retire from One-day Internationals after this year’s World Cup in England and Wales. The announcement was made by West Indies Cricket on February 17, 2019.
The 39-year old left-hander has scored 9,727 ODI runs, second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians in 284 matches. He needs 677 more runs to surpass Lara as the West Indies’ all-time record ODI run-scorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve during his fifth World Cup.
Since making his debut in 1999, Gayle has scored a Windies record of 23 ODI hundreds. Considered one of the greatest batsmen ever in T20 cricket, he is the first batsman to score a century in each of international cricket’s three formats of the game.
About Chris Gayle:-
1. Born on 21 September 1979, Christopher Gayle is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies.
2. Gayle had a slow start to his international career. He made his debut in One Day International in September 1999 against India and test debut in March 2000 against Zimbabwe. He later captained the West Indies’ Test side from 2007 to 2010.
3. Gayle made his last test appearance in September 2014 against Bangladesh, last ODI appearance in July 2018 against Bangladesh and last T20 International appearance in May 2018 against World XI.
4. He started his cricket career with the famous Lucas Cricket Club in Kingston, Jamaica. He played for the West Indies at youth international level prior to making his first-class debut in 1998, at the age of 19 for Jamaica.
5. He made his T20 debut in February 2006 against New Zealand and he has been since then known as a T20 specialist.
In 2002, he ended the year with over 1000 runs, becoming the third West Indian after Vivian Richards and Brian Lara to score over the 1000 mark in a calendar year. He also became the first batsman in World Cup history to score a double century when he reached 200 off 138 balls against Zimbabwe during the 2015 World Cup. He finished on 215 runs, which was the record for highest score in a World Cup until it was broken by New Zealand‘s Martin Guptill against the West Indies.