West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has taken a U-turn from his decision to retire from ODIs after the World Cup. The opener, who announced in February that the World Cup 2019 in England would be his one-day swansong, expressed his desire to play the series against India, who are scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is between August and September.
“It’s still not the end. We still have a few matches to go, and maybe another series after this so knows? We’ll see what happens,” Gayle said during the press conference on the eve of West Indies’ game against India.
“My plans after the World Cup… I may play a Test match against India, and then I’ll definitely play the T20s and ODIs against India.”
Initially perceived as a joke, West Indies media manager later confirmed to the press that Gayle was not kidding and that he was serious and hopeful of perhaps getting a farewell series. Gayle has played 103 Test matches between 2000 and 2014 having scored 7109 runs with two triple centuries.
Windies to face India at Old Trafford
After a few resounding wins, Team India was given a run for their money by Afghanistan in Southampton. However, Virat Kohli and Co won the game by 11 runs. More than their batting, it’s the bowlers, who have put forth a collective effort owing to which the Men in Blue are unbeaten in the World Cup. They are next scheduled to lock horns with Jason Holder’s Windies on June 27 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The Caribbean team, on the other hand, has gone into a slump after their seven-wicket win over Pakistan at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Carlos Brathwaite almost pulled off a spectacular triumph versus New Zealand in Manchester itself. The Windies are still in with a glimmer of a hope to make the semis, but for that to happen, a lot of permutation and combinations need to work in their favour.