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Chris Gayle – END OF AN ERA

It seems at last that the age of Chris Gayle is coming to an end. The hard hitting Jamaican batter, played his last test in 2014,
last ODI in August last year (2019) and last T20 international in March of last year. Since that time he has played domestic cricket but not for the West Indies. Gayle set another of his vast store of cricket records in 2019, becoming the leading West Indies ODI scorer in his 300th ODI.

Gayle’s career is littered with records. Gayle, the National Sportsman of the Year for 2010 and a former West Indies test captain, is one of only four cricketers in test history to score two triple-centuries.. He also has numerous records in the shorter forms of the game, One day Cricket (50 overs) and T20 cricket. He was the first batsman to score a double century in the Cricket World Cup and only the third West Indian to score over 1,000 runs in a calendar year.

Gayle has dominated T20 cricket like none other. Gayle has the T20 record for sixes in an inning (18) and is also the first to score a century in a T20 international (117 against South Africa) and the first to carry his bat (open the batting and stay to the end of the inning) in a T20 international. He has the fifth fastest century in test match history (just 70 balls) and the fastest century in T20 history (30 balls) which is also the fastest century in any form of the game. He holds the record for most centuries in Twenty20 cricket and is the only player to achieve the century mark in all three of the highest versions of the game (test cricket, One Day Internationals (ODI) and T20 internationals. He has most career runs by a West Indies cricketer in both the ODI and T20 forms of the game.He is the first player to have a triple century in tests,
a double century in ODIs and a century in a T20 international.

Regardless of whether Gayle ever represents the West Indies again we can safely say, “Well Played”.