Last dance? Gayle hoping for farewell game in Jamaica amid retirement talks
- Chris Gayle has not yet announced his retirement from international cricket
- Gayle confirmed this was his last World Cup
- "It was a pleasure always to represent West Indies, I'm very passionate about West Indies," he said
Chris Gayle, arguably the greatest-ever batsman in the Twenty20 format, played what could be his final game for the West Indies in the eight-wicket loss against Australia as the defending champions bowed out of the T20 World Cup on Saturday. But the 42-year-old, who has not yet announced retirement from international duties, is hoping for the perfect farewell in front of his home crowd in Jamaica.
Gayle and Dwayne Bravo – who had earlier confirmed his retirement from international cricket – received standing ovations and a guard of honour from their teammates as well as the Australian players as the game ended on a emotional note for the Caribbean side.
However, amid all the retirement speculations, Gayle has left the door wide open on his future with the Windies.
“It's been a phenomenal career. I didn't announce any retirement but (if) they actually give me one game in Jamaica to go in front of my home crowd, then I can say 'hey guys, thank you so much,'” Gayle said in a Facebook Live chat with ICC.
“Let's see. If not, I'll announce it long time and then I'll be joining DJ Bravo in the backend and say thanks to each and everyone but I can't say that as yet.”
The Jamaican confirmed it was his last World Cup game. “I was just having some fun today. Put everything that happened aside, I was just interacting with the fans in the stand and just having some fun seeing as it's going to be my last World Cup game.”
While joking that he would love to play another World Cup, with the next edition of the T20 World Cup scheduled for next year, Gayle admitted “I don't think they will allow me”.
He also said he was “gutted” for the fans as the defending champions crashed out of the tournament with just one win from five games.
“It was a pleasure always to represent West Indies, I'm very passionate about West Indies. It really hurts bad when we lose games and we don't get the result and the fans (are) so (much) more very important to me because I'm an entertainer. When I don't get the chance to entertain them it really hurt me a lot. You might not that see that expression, I might not show those sort of emotions, but I'm gutted inside for the fans, and especially for this World Cup as well.”