Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle ended his List-A career for Jamaica with a match-winning century against Barbados in a Super50 Cup 2018.

Gayle had announced that the match against Barbados will be his final of List-A career and as he walked out to open the innings, he received a guard of honour from both players of both the partipicating teams. He made it a memorable outing, hitting 122 off 114, an innings that featured 10 fours and eight sixes.

“It’s very pleasing to get a hundred in my last 50-over game for Jamaica, it’s something I will always cherish,” Gayle was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Sunday. “To lead the team to a win makes it more special. It’s been a pleasure representing my country, more so captaining them. I’m thankful and grateful to be standing here aged 39 and still get a century in my last game for Jamaica.”

Gayle, however, said that he still has ‘a lot in the tank’ but his focus is now on his family. However, the 39-year-old hasn’t ruled out the possiblity of playing a four-day game at Sabina Park. “There’s a lot in the tank to be honest, but there’s life after cricket, so have to enjoy life as well. Playing cricket for over 25 years has been a great achievement from a personal point of view, but I have a family now. I have to gel with them as much as possible and watch your kid grow.

“It’s possible that I’ll play a four-day game at Sabina Park. If possible, I will definitely play a four-day game. I don’t know when it starts but I’ll look into the schedule and make myself available,” he said.

When asked to pick his favourite memory from his cricket career, Gayle picked up his record partnership with Leon Garrick for Jamaica in 2001. The then 21-year-old Gayle put on 425 runs with Garrick in a first-class fixture against West Indies B.

“That’s a special partnership, my most special memory is not from international cricket but for Jamaica. That partnership with Leon is special. Also, the two triple hundreds in Tests, the double-century in ODIs [against Zimbabwe at the 2015 World Cup] and the first T20I century by a West Indian – these will all be special, but the 400-partnership will stand out,” Gayle said.