Chris Gayle © Getty Images
Chris Gayle © Getty Images

Chris Gayle had returned to the ODI setup, after a gap of two years, in the England series in 2017. He made the most of the opportunity at Bristol, scoring 78-ball 94. He also showed an impressive performance in BPL for Rangpur Riders, scoring 146 off 68 balls in the final. However, his form saw a dip in the New Zealand series. He started off by scoring 22 in the first ODI. It was followed by 4 in the second ODI. In the third ODI, however, Gayle withdrew from the match with an illness.

He has managed to score just 38 runs from four innings against New Zealand. His forgettable performance in New Zealand led to speculation of his retirement from international cricket. However, West Indies coach Stuart Law came to Gayle’s rescue. Law believes Gayle has plenty to offer and more runs to come his way. Law also felt West Indies’ poor form against New Zealand was due to the absence of senior players from the side who were part of the winning side during the 2016 T20 World Cup.

“There’s plenty of cricket left in the big man”

“Right now it probably doesn’t look like it, but there’s plenty of cricket left in the big man. He can destroy any attack. He’s central to the way this dressing room ticks and commands a lot of respect. He’s just got to start performing in the middle again. He didn’t click in this series,” as quoted by Indian Express.

“It was a pretty disappointing tour”

“It was a pretty disappointing tour. We need to do a lot of hard work, planning and understanding. That means some soul-searching …”