Chris Gayle played the last match of his fifth and final World Cup against Afghanistan in Leeds on Thursday. The West Indies legend has decided to end his international career after playing the home series against India next month.
Gayle has amassed 1186 runs at a strike-rate of 90.53 and an average of 35.93 in 34 innings across five World Cups. He also took 16 wickets with his part-time off-spin.
“Been a privilege and honour to represent West Indies in five WCs, disappointed to end without making it to the final four. Lot has happened behind the scenes to get here and be here, that’s fantastic.
“Would’ve loved to lift the trophy, but it didn’t happen but at the same time it was fun, enjoyed it. All the guys rallied around me, got the support of the youngsters. Must commend the staff for the work ethics they’ve put in. Words can’t explain my feeling at the moment honestly,” Gayle told the reporters after West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs in their last outing at the 2019 World Cup.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 4, 2019
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 4, 2019
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 5, 2019
U r a truly legend of all time and universe boss forever we love you you boss.
— Sohel Malorthra (@malorthra) July 4, 2019
— Proc (@Proc70) July 4, 2019
Thank you thank you thank you! pic.twitter.com/RVgiu4EfO2
— Andy Johnson (@andyj247) July 4, 2019
— Harry✈🌎 (@Srihari_08) July 4, 2019
— Dr S-Sämím (@saeedsamii) July 4, 2019
My all time favorite, Christopher Henry Gayle bid adieu to World Cups after his final match against Afghan yesterday, one of the power hitters & legendary players of the game, known for smacking boundaries, #ChrisGayle – the entertainer will be missed! @henrygayle #ThankYouGayle pic.twitter.com/YWYkatdjN0
— ᐯ ﾒ ᗪ (@VXDXI) July 5, 2019
No one like #ChrisGayle. thanks for entertaining us….
— Pandurang patil (@Atpandurang) July 5, 2019
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) July 4, 2019
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 4, 2019
End of an Era ! Thanks Chris Gayle ! pic.twitter.com/5lT7RZZEBx
— Imran Ahmed (@RajaImran288) July 4, 2019