Donning a special number on his jersey - 301, Chris Gayle could have played his final ODI match today. However, after being dismissed by Khaleel Ahmed in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series, Chris Gayle was swarmed by Indian cricketers, congratulating him on a vibrant and illustrious career. He raised his hands in the air with his helmet on the bat, and walked back to the pavilion to a standing ovation by the fans present at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.
Everybody is congratulating the big man. Smiles all around. #Gayle acknowledges the crowd as he walks back.— BlueCap 🇮🇳 (@IndianzCricket) August 14, 2019
Think we have seen the last of him, at least in ODIs. #Khaleel was also feeling for him! We will miss you!#UniverseBoss #INDvWI #WIvIND #INDvsWI #WIvsIND pic.twitter.com/8QJwLEOmSF
However, Gayle inflicted as much damage as he could before bowing out. The explosive batsman smashed a blistering 72 off 41 deliveries, which included 5 fours and 3 sixes after West Indies won the toss and opted to bat in the third and final ODI of the three-match series in Trinidad.
The India vs West Indies ODI series could be the perfect way for the southpaw to hang up his bat and helmet as the Jamaican recently broke two massive records, as Gayle had become the first West Indies' cricketer to play 300 One-Day Internationals, surpassing legend Brian Lara (299) in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series.
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 11, 2019
In the same match, Gayle broke another Lara record as he had become the highest run-scorer in ODI cricket for West Indies. Gayle pipped Brian Lara who has scored 10,405 in his distinguished ODI career. While Gayle departed early on 11 but he managed to overhaul Lara's and now stands on Windies highest run-scorer tally with 10,408.
In an illustrious ODI career, the Universe Boss has played 301 matches and has scored a monumental 10,480 runs, which include 25 centuries, one double hundred, 54 fifties and a whopping 331 sixes along with 1128 fours.
Earlier, West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat against India in the third and final ODI of the three-match series here Wednesday.