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'Maybe You Can See a Bit More' - Gayle Reconsidering Retirement

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 28, 2019, 2:52 PM IST
'Maybe You Can See a Bit More' - Gayle Reconsidering Retirement

Veteran West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has been among the runs since returning to the ODI set-up for the first time since July 2018 and is now reconsidering his decision to retire from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup.

Gayle has played three matches since returning to the team and has amassed close to 350 runs against top-ranked England. In the fourth ODI of the series in Grenada, the big-hitting opener hammered 162 runs with 14 sixes. The effort though went in vain as they fell 29 runs short of the target of 419.

"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’s 25th ODI ton has seen him cross the 10,000-run mark barrier and is the second batsman from West Indies to do that after Brian Lara. Gayle now has over 300 sixes in ODI cricket and is only the second batsman to do it after Shahid Afridi.

Gayle enjoyed the run-fest in the fourth ODI where more than 800 runs were scored but believes the defeat was because of their bad start in the field.

"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 have some hitting power in this team. We have some good youngsters here and once we work the game out we will be a force. In Barbados, I took it slow at the start … that was a different pitch. Today I had to get going from the first ball and look to chase down 420. Batting second the ball will come on a bit more so today was that kind of occasion.

"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."

First Published: February 28, 2019, 1:16 PM IST

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