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Gayle: I’m semi-retired, I’m one away



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Chris Gayle, the legendary batsman from the West Indies, has admitted that he will most likely play his final ICC Men's T20 World Cup match but the revolutionary batter set to sign off in front of a home crowd.

When he went out to open the batting, teammates applauded him onto the field, and following his dismissal, he saluted the ground and threw gloves into the crowd.

On his way off the field at the end of the game, he was accorded a guard of honour with retiring Dwanye Bravo.

"I’m semi-retired. I’m one away. It’s been a phenomenal career. I didn’t announce any retirement but they actually give me one game in Jamaica to go in front of my home crowd, then I can say 'hey guys, thank you so much.' Let’s see. If not, I’ll announce it long time and then I’ll be joining DJ Bravo in the backend and say thanks to each and everyone but I can’t say that as yet.” Gayle said after the match.

The hardships Chris Gayle has faced along the way are often overlooked, including the necessity for heart surgery in 2005 after retiring mid-innings in a Test match against Australia.

“I’ve been through a lot of struggle. You mentioned the heart condition but I’ve had a phenomenal career. I want to give thanks to actually be standing here today, aged 42 still going strong. The career has been really great. I’ve had a bit of hiccups here and there. I’ve shed blood, I’ve shed tears in West Indies cricket, you name it, one leg, one hand, I’m still batting for West Indies,”

"It was a pleasure always to represent West Indies, I’m very passionate about West Indies. It really hurts bad when we lose games and we don’t get the result and the fans so [much] more is very important to me because I'm an entertainer. When I don’t get the chance to entertain them it really hurt me a lot. You might not that see that expression, I might not show those sort of emotions, but I’m gutted inside for the fans, and especially for this World Cup as well" he added.

A veteran of 79 T20Is, 103 Tests and 301 ODIs, Gayle's international career has spanned 22 years and three decades.