Chris Gayle announces retirement from One-day Internationals

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.

He is currently set to play his first international since July 2018 against England on February 20. The game will be the first of a five-match series against World Cup favourites England. The upcoming World Cup is scheduled to be held in England and Wales from May 30 till July 14, 2019.

About Chris Gayle

Born on September 21, 1979, Christopher Gayle is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies.

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.

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.

He made his T20 debut in February 2006 against New Zealand and he has been since then known as a T20 specialist.

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.

Most Destructive Batsman

Gayle is known to be one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of cricket, especially in T20.

He is well known for hitting sixes. In 2012 he became the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.

He normally opens the innings when he plays for the West Indies.

Key Records

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.

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 is also one of the only six players in One Day International history to have three or more scores of 150.

In tests, Gayle is one of the only four players who have scored two triple centuries, which include 317 against South Africa in 2005 and 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010.

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.

In March 2016, Gayle became only the second player after New Zealand‘s Brendon McCullum to hit two Twenty20 International hundreds, scoring 100 not out against England.

Premier League

Gayle represents the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League, Jozi Stars in Mzansi Super League, Vancouver Knights in Global T20 Canada and the Balkh Legends in the Afghanistan Premier League.

He has also represented Worcestershire, the Western Warriors, Sydney Thunder, Barisal Burners, Rangpur Riders, Dhaka Gladiators, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Somerset in his career.

What Next?

Gayle will continue playing franchise cricket, with the T20 World Cup in two years' time potentially on the agenda.

Controversies

In 2005, Gayle was involved in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and a number of players over sponsorship issues. These players had personal sponsorship deals with Cable and Wireless, who used to sponsor West Indian cricket.

However, since the West Indies had recently become sponsored by Cable and Wireless' rivals Digicel the West Indies Cricket Board demanded the players dropped their Cable and Wireless deals.

When the players refused to back down, the West Indies Cricket Board dropped them for the first Test against South Africa.

Gayle later cut his deal with Cable and Wireless and rejoined the side for the second Test.

In March 2006, he was charged with conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket during a Test against New Zealand, but was subsequently found not guilty.

Later that year, during October's Champions Trophy tournament in India, he was fined 30 percent of his match fee after repeated verbal exchanges with the Australian batsman Michael Clarke.

He also publicly criticised the West Indies Cricket Board during the 2007 tour of England, which led to an official reprimand and warning.

In April 2011, Chris Gayle criticised the West Indies Cricket Board yet again and coach Ottis Gibson and did not play for the team for more than a year. In April 2012, Gayle and the WICB reached an understanding that paved the way for the former West Indies captain to return to the national team.

Batting Statistics

Competition

Test

ODI

T20I

Matches

103

284

56

Runs Scored

7215

9727

1607

100s/ 50s

15/37

23/49

2/13

Top Score

333

215

117

Bowling Statistics

Competition

Test

ODI

T20I

Balls bowled

7109

7322

319

Wickets

73

165

17

5 wickets in innings

2

1

Best Bowling

5/34

5/ 46

2/15

Catches

96

120

14

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