West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has announced he will retire from ODIs at the conclusion of this summer’s World Cup.
He is one of the last remaining international cricketers to have made their debuts in the 1990s, and is currently 15 matches behind Brian Lara, West Indies’ most capped ODI cricketer. With the potential of five matches against England and four against Ireland and Bangladesh in a tri-series to come before the World Cup, he could yet overtake him.
Among his records include the most ODI centuries for West Indies, their highest score, the highest ever ODI partnership, and the first World Cup double century, all of which were set in the course of him making 215 against Zimbabwe at the 2015 tournament, when he and Marlon Samuels added 372 for the second wicket.
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He has also capped his country more than 50 times and taken 163 ODI wickets, putting him fifth on the list among West Indians. Though his career has been marked by controversy, including clashes with Cricket West Indies and multiple sexism scandals, he is now a senior player within West Indies’ ranks. Their captain Jason Holder confirmed his positive influence in a recent interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly.
“I’ve grown in respect for him,” he said. “We sit down and have one-to-one conversations. He gives me lots of ideas and shares a lot of information on and off the field.”
Gayle is set to play in West Indies’ first ODI against England, which will take place on Wednesday, February 20 at Barbados.