West Indies great Chris Gayle, known for his power-hitting abilities has said that he will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup in England but wants to go out with a bang by winning the tournament.
Gayle, who is returning to the side with the three ODIs against England, said that the youngsters in the team owe him a World Cup.
“Winning the World Cup would be a fairy-tale finish,” he was quoted as saying by Wisden. “The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. I’ll be looking to put my input in as well.”
The West Indies ODI side has not found a solid lineup with couple of players going in and out of the team. Gayle also wanted to do well in his home soil before calling it a day.
“This series against England might be the last time people get to see the ‘Universe Boss’ on local soil,” he pointed out. “The last game I played in Barbados for Jamaica I got a hundred and it would be nice to continue where I left off and entertain the home fans as much as possible. At the end of the day, everybody should be happy and enjoy the game.”
He reiterated that he will continue to be the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ even after retirement.
“You’re looking at a great man,” he maintained. “I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course, I’m still the ‘Universe Boss’. That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave. I’m looking to draw the line after the World Cup.
“Or should I say cut the string? Definitely, in 50-over cricket, the World Cup is the end for me. I’ll let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch.”