Chris Gayle on Monday became the first batsman to reach 14,000 T20 points in his 67-pass, 38-ball comeback innings against Australia. The southpaw’s bellicose shot, loaded with 4 fours and 7 sixes, helped the West Indies chase 142 in 15 overs and take an unassailable 3-0 lead with two games to go.
West Indies Cricketer (CWI) chief Ricky Skerritt in a message to the left-hander hailed Chris Gayle as the “best T20 cricketer of all time”. He also recognized the importance of the 41-year-old to a young team as the reigning champions prepare for the T20 World Cup later in the year in the United Arab Emirates.
“Chris Gayle is the best T20 cricketer of all time… his success and his experience are extremely valuable in rebuilding West Indian cricket and in particular in preparing for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup,” said Skerritt.
I want to dedicate this to Kieron Pollard for his pep talk: Chris Gayle
The Man of the Match of the third T20I thanked his teammates, in particular Kieron Pollard for his pep talk, and for showing their confidence in him. Chris Gayle entered the game after recording 102 points in nine innings since his recall earlier in the year against Sri Lanka and hadn’t scored half a century in T20I since 2016.
However, everything changed in one fell swoop as the “Boss of the Universe” reminded the world of his prowess. Australia are reportedly looking for a consolation win in the fourth T20I on Wednesday.
“It’s a great trip. I am so happy and so happy to have won a series above all else. I just want to congratulate substitute captain Nicholas Pooran for winning a fantastic series against a great team. For Kieron Pollard, he also played a big role even though he didn’t play in any of those games. You all knew I was struggling with the bat and being able to get a few points today was very nice, ”said Chris Gayle after the game.
“I want to dedicate this half-century and this important stage to the West Indies, my teammates, in particular Kieron Pollard. We had a pre-game team meeting and… he let me know where I was on this team and he wanted me to speak. So I’m very grateful for this pep talk because sometimes, no matter how good you are, sometimes you need a little bit of a talk, ”he added.