ENGLAND IN WEST INDIES, 2019
Rob Johnston • Final up to date on Mon, 18 Feb, 2019, 06:29 AM
Gayle will return to West Indies colors for the 5 match ODI sequence towards England © Getty
West Indies opener Chris Gayle has by no means lacked self-confidence and, at 39 years-old and having simply introduced he’ll retire from ODI cricket on the finish of this summer season’s World Cup, he does not sound like he’s going to immediately convert to modesty any time quickly.
Gayle will return to West Indies colors for the 5 match sequence towards England which begins in Barbados on Wednesday having determined that his profession on the elite stage is coming to an finish. It’s a profession, spanning greater than 400 worldwide matches and together with 40 lots of for West Indies, which he has expressed himself, with typical exuberance, fairly glad with.
“You are taking a look at a fantastic man,” he mentioned at Kensington Oval on Sunday. “I am the best participant on the earth. In fact I am nonetheless the Universe Boss. That can by no means change. I will take that to the grave. I am wanting to attract the road after the World Cup.
“Or ought to I say lower the string? Undoubtedly, in 50-over cricket, the World Cup is the tip for me. I will let the kids have some enjoyable and I can sit again within the get together stand and watch them have some enjoyable.”
Gayle will nonetheless proceed on the T20 franchise circuit and hopes to be picked up for The Hundred, the ECB’s new competitors, when it begins in 2020.
For now, Gayle’s focus is on the upcoming sequence towards England, the world’s finest ODI staff. Having skipped excursions to India and Bangladesh final 12 months, Gayle final performed for West Indies in July however regardless of that absence, and having endured a poor season within the current Bangladesh Premier League when he averaged lower than 20, Gayle says he’s match and believes that he nonetheless strikes worry into opposition bowlers.
“I am in good situation,” he mentioned. “The physique is feeling good and I am happy with that. I’ve misplaced a little bit of weight and I do not wish to get too huge. I am nonetheless engaged on my six pack. I am attempting to maintain up with the kids within the area who’re like cats the best way they chase the ball. I nonetheless have it in me and I am nonetheless having fun with it.
“I do not know who’s opening the bowling for England, however any bowler goes to watch out for Chris Gayle. That does not change as a result of he’s 39 now, they’re going to be saying ‘sure, he is bought some gray hairs in his beard, let’s get him now, that is the right time to get the universe boss now he’s 39.’
“Being again in West Indies colors is crucial factor. I am really trying to go ahead with the Windies. I will be bringing some expertise to play and sharing that with the kids and I hope to benefit from the subsequent couple of months with the West Indies cricket staff.
“This sequence towards England is perhaps the final time folks get to see the Universe Boss on native soil. The final recreation I performed in Barbados for Jamaica I bought 100 and it will be good to proceed the place I left off and entertain the house followers as a lot as doable. On the finish of the day everyone ought to be completely satisfied and benefit from the recreation.”
Though West Indies gained their final sequence in Bangladesh, they’ve gained simply 11 of their final 40 ODIs and solely simply made it to the World Cup, scraping by way of the qualifying event. Gayle’s presence in a younger West Indian squad, even when he hasn’t been in nice kind, supplies a lot wanted expertise for captain Jason Holder to depend on in addition to some ballast on the prime of the order, significantly given Evin Lewis’ absence for the sequence towards England by way of damage.
Regardless of the staff’s limitations, and the passing of father time, Gayle hopes his fifth World Cup would be the excellent ending for a stellar ODI profession. “Successful the World Cup can be a fairy-tale end,” he mentioned. “The children owe it to me to win. They’ve to do this for me and attempt to get me the trophy. I will be trying to put my enter in as nicely.”