Windies star batsman Chris Gayle insists he has plenty left in the tank but believes the time is right to give consideration to life after cricket.
The 39-year-old officially called time on his career for home country Jamaica in the 50-over format of the regional competition on Saturday. In typical Gayle fashion, the big left-hander slammed a stroke-filled 122 from 114 balls in a 33-run win over the Barbados Pride.
The innings contained an astounding eight sixes and 10 boundaries. Such performances hardly show any signs of slowing down for the big Jamaican, who first stepped on the pitch for national cricket over 20 years ago.
“There’s a lot in the tank to be honest with you, but there’s life after cricket, so I have to live some life as well,” Gayle said.
“I mean, over 25 years playing cricket, it’s a great achievement from a personal point of view as well. I have a family now and I have to look towards that as well; you know just gel with them as much as possible and watch your kid grow,” he added.
Gayle still have a few more milestones to go and hopes to make an appearance for the West Indies at next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England and has strongly hinted retiring after next year.
“I’m just trying to enjoy the moment leading up to next year. Trying to entertain the fans as much as possible and whichever team I represent around the world try and win a few more trophies for them as well.” (SportsMax)