Chris Gayle bows out of List A cricket for Jamaica

"Playing cricket for over 25 years has been a great achievement."

Chris Gayle gets a guard of honour ahead of his last List-A game for Jamaica
Chris Gayle gets a guard of honour ahead of his last List-A game for Jamaica. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Chris Gayle, the hulk-like Windies batsman, represented Jamaica yesterday in their match against Barbados in the Super50 Cup at Bridgetown. The left-hander didn’t disappoint and racked up 122 runs from 114 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and eight humungous sixes. He also picked up a wicket in the second innings and conceded 31 runs in his quota of 10 overs.

However, the encounter turned out to be his last List A match for Jamaica. Following Jamaica’s 33-run victory, he said that he was pleasured leading the team and the match-winning knock for them would remain as something to cherish for him. The Jamaica-born batsman also admitted that he needs to take care of his family after weaving his magic for as long as 25 years.

There’s life after cricket

“It’s very pleasing to get a hundred in my last 50-over game for Jamaica, it’s something I will always cherish. To lead the team to a win makes it more special. It’s been a pleasure representing my country, more so captaining them. I’m thankful and grateful to be standing here aged 39 and still get a century in my last game for Jamaica,” Gayle was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.

“There’s a lot in the tank, to be honest, but there’s life after cricket, so have to enjoy life as well. Playing cricket for over 25 years has been a great achievement from a personal point of view, but I have a family now. I have to gel with them as much as possible and watch your kid grow,” the 39-year-old added.

Gayle recently declined to play in the Windies’ five-match ODI series against India and expressed his desire to play in the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL). He will play for the Balkh Legends, captained by all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. He is also expected to be a vital cog in the Windies setup for the World Cup next year in England and Wales.

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