Although Chris Gayle has denied to take retirement from ODIs cricket and said that all were rumours as he didn’t take any kind of retirement from ODIs cricket, even though he raised his bat to the pavilion after hitting 72 of 41 deliveries and got greetings by all Indian players on the field.
Windies have got some young blood into their team which indicate that they want to move on from the players who have played so much cricket as Kieron Pollard, Daren Sammy and many others had been ignored by Windies board as their main target to set their time on high track with young blood to take charge, on the result they also have faced many defeats as they are yet to win any bilateral series since last five years.
Chris Gayle’s numbers suggest him as one of the greatest of Windies, here are the records that he created in his 19 years of ODI cricket:
1: Chris Gayle in the 2nd Windies player who has got 4-fer and a century in same ODI match. he took 4/24 and scored unbeaten 112 runs for the Windies against Zimbabwe in 2003 at Harare.
He also scored 60 runs and took 5/60 in the same ODI in the same series against Zimbabwe.
2: Chris Gayle has most no. of 150+ scored for Windies as he has scored 5 times although, Rohit Sharma “7” David Warner “6” and Sachin Tendulkar with “5” are the other players with 150+ scores.
3: Chris Gayle is the only Windies ODI player who has got 10000+ runs and 100+ wickets, no has got this record for Windies as he has scored 10480 and has taken 167 wickets in his ODI career.
4: Chris Gayle has played longest career for Windies with 19years and 337days, previous was Marlon Samuel who played 17+years for Windies and Chris Gayle is also at 4th spot with longest ODI career.
5: The fastest fifty for Windies also belongs to Chris Gayle as he scored a fastest fifty on 19 balls against England in this year’s march.
6: Chris Gayle is also 9th player in ODI history who has got 25 or more centuries in ODI career and is the only Windies player as no any Windies player even has crossed 20 centuries.
7: 39 sixes in home series is the largest numbers that Chris Gayle has hit in home series against England this year, he has also scored 25+ sixes in single series/tournament, Chris Gayle has hit 26 sixes in 2015 World Cup that stands at 2nd spot in the list of most sixes.
8: Chris Gayle has also scored 55-balls hundred for Windies which stands at 2nd spot as Brian Lara has hit a century in just 45 balls for Windies in which he also scored 150+ runs in just 83 deliveries.
9: Chris Gayle has also hit 56 sixes in a single years as Ab De Villiers top the list with 58 sixes in single year in 2015.
10: Chris Gayle as a bowler is also fifth successful with 167 wickets as only 4 others have taken more than in ODIs for Windies.
11: Chris Gayle has hit 147 sixes in West Indies which is best for any players in any single country, while he has also hit 87 sixes against England in ODIs which is also a greater record that no any players has hit more than 87 sixes against single opponent.
12: He has taken 124 catches for Windies which are greater for any player for Windies and these catches also enter into top 11 with most no. of catches on the field.
13: Chris Gayle was the first ever player to hit 200+ runs in ODI world cup and is also only a player from Windies to hit double ton in the format. In same World Cup match he recorded fastest ever double ton for any player and also hit joint most sixes in a match with 16 sixes, greater for any Windies player though.
14: Chris Gayle has become only player to play more than 300 matches for Windies.
15: Chris Gayle has hit 311 ODIs sixes for Windies, only behind Shahid Afridi who has hit 351 sixes in ODI history and the fact that he is only Windies player to hit more than 150 sixes, no other Windies player has crossed 150 sixes in ODI history.
16: Chris Gayle has made 791 runs in Champions Trophy in 17 innings are the most runs for any player in the CT and he is also only player to hit 101 fours in the league while he has hit 3 joint most centuries in the league as well.
17: He ended his ODI career with most no. of runs for Windies by beating Brian Lara’s tally of 10425 runs, and he is also only player to hit 3 times 55 scores for World XI in 2005.
These are the only records that our team is well aware of, there must be some others as well that we may miss out.