World-renowned West Indies opener, Chris Gayle, has announced his retirement following World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
He made this announcement during an interview with an English media outlet on Sunday.
The renowned hard-hitting batsman is set to make ODI return after eight months when his team takes on England on Wednesday after a historic Test series win.
Gayle, who has 9,727 runs under his belt in 284 ODIs, said he was still the ‘Universe Boss’ and that no one can take this from him. To a question, he said, “Of course I’m still the ‘Universe Boss.’ That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave.”
The 39-year-old cricketer was hopeful to end his two decades long ODI career on a high.
Gayle requires 677 more runs to surpass the great Brian Lara as the West Indies’ record ODI run-scorer. Gayle has at least 20 ODIs to achieve this feat before his retirement in the World Cup.
West Indies will begin their bid for a third World Cup title on May 31 against Pakistan.
“I’ll let the youngsters have some fun, and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun,” said Gayle.
“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.”
The opening batsman has proved his mettle as a T20 specialist ever since the advent of the shortest format of cricket. He said he will continue playing franchise cricket, with the T20 World Cup in two years potentially on the agenda.
“I’m in good condition. The body is feeling good, and I’m pleased with that,” he added.