West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle registered a sensational comeback to One Day International (ODI) cricket as he slammed a half-century to surpass the record of Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, beating his tally of 476 sixes. The action took place in the 14th over, when Gayle was on the crease and he knocked a Moeen Ali delivery with technique to send the ball away for a massive sixer. This took his sixes tally to 477, breaking Afridi’s record. Now Gayle holds the commendable world record of the maximum number of sixes in combined in all formats of the game.
On Sunday, the left-handed batsman announced that he will retire from ODI after the World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales later this year. “Yes, I’m looking to draw the line after the World Cup,” he said. “Or should I say cut the string? Definitely, in 50-over cricket, the World Cup is the end for me. I’ll let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun,” Gayle was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying while speaking to reporters.
Asked whether he was satisfied with his career, the 39-year-old explosive batsman remarked, “You’re looking at a great man. I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course, I’m still the Universe Boss. That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave.”
Gayle said that if West Indies lifted the trophy in this year’s World Cup, it would be a “fairy-tale finish” for him.
“Winning the World Cup would be a fairy-tale finish. The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. I’ll be looking to put my input in as well,” he added.
The World Cup is slated to be held from May 30 to July 14.
Gayle, who made his debut back in 1999, has scored 9,727 ODI runs in 284 matches and is second only to former West Indies captain Brian Lara who amassed 10,405 runs.
In his illustrious career, Gayle has hit 23 ODI centuries. His 215 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup is the highest score and is one of only six players who have scored a double hundred in the 50-over format.