Chris Gayle by no means was the retiring kind, actually. And a lot did he benefit from the run-soaked ODI in Grenada that he confessed afterwards he simply may be rethinking his determination to retire from the format on the finish of the World Cup.
Gayle struck 14 sixes in his innings of 162 – the second-highest rating of his ODI profession – on the way in which to main West Indies to their highest whole on this type of the sport. It was his second century of a sequence during which he has now amassed 347 runs from three innings at a median of 115.66 and a strike charge of 120.06. Throughout the innings he grew to become the 14th man, and second from the Caribbean after Brian Lara, to achieve the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs.
As a consequence, he has proved to himself he nonetheless has the flexibility to contribute at this stage. So whereas it’s only 10 days since Gayle introduced he meant to retire after the event, he has recommended that, if he have been capable of regain some health, he might resolve to increase his profession.
“I feel this is without doubt one of the most entertaining video games I’ve ever performed in,” Gayle stated. “It was a implausible sport of cricket.
“I have been taking part in a variety of T20 cricket so it is at all times going to be a tough coming again into 50 over cricket. However ultimately the physique will get accustomed to the 50-over format.
“I simply need to work on the physique after which possibly you’ll be able to see a bit extra Chris Gayle, possibly. Issues change shortly. Hopefully the physique can change within the subsequent couple of months and we will see what occurs.
“To get the 10,000 run milestone is a superb feeling. I’ve performed it in T20 as effectively. It is a implausible achievement from my viewpoint. Doing it for West Indies as effectively, that makes it much more very good.
“What is the matter with the physique? I am practically 40. However might I un-retire? We’ll see. We’ll take it slowly.”
Whereas Gayle loved the sport, he felt West Indies might have gained if that they had performed “a bit smarter”. They allowed England to placed on a century opening stand after which plunder 154 from the ultimate ten overs, then fell away with the bat from a place of power at 220 for two.
“We did not utilise that new ball effectively,” Gayle stated, referring to England’s opening stand of 100 inside 14 overs. “If we had we might have been chasing 380.
“I am certain the group are all upset. I can see the expression on their faces. It is a studying course of for the younger gamers. In the event that they do issues in another way they might have gained. So it is good to see that physique language once you lose. When that scenario comes once more I am certain will probably be completely totally different.”