ABU DHABI – West Indies legend Chris Gayle on Saturday smashed 15 off nine balls against Australia in the Twenty20 World Cup in what was likely the final innings of his career for the country.
The 42-year-old played hit two sixes before being sent to the pavilion by the rival team’s bowler. Walking toward the dressing room from the ground, Gayle raised his bat as a ‘goodbye’ gesture while his teammates gave him a standing ovation.
He is yet to announce his retirement officially but his fans have started paying tribute to him on Twitter.
“End of an Era. There’ll never be another #ChrisGayle. Legend,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
— Ans Hafeez (@AnsHafeez) November 6, 2021
Thank you for each and every memory @henrygayle. A legend on and off the field. 22 years of unforgettable memory, the dominator of T20 cricket. None looked as good as him at peak in the shortest format.
Thanks for making my childhood memorable one with those unbelievable knocks. pic.twitter.com/ozcHR2bog2
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 6, 2021
The left-hand batsman, who can bowl off spin, has scored over 12,000 runs including 27 centuries in white-ball cricket since his debut in ODI match in 1999.
He has also played 103 Tests, scoring 7,214 runs at an average of over 42 and a highest of 333.