The 41-year-old Jamaican, Chris Gayle has become the first player in T20 history to reach the 14,000 runs milestone!
Chris Gayle blasts at the critics after a record-breaking show with the bat against Australia in the series-winning third T20I on Monday.
His single-handed run-chase scoring 38-ball 67 runs in which he smashed seven sixes and four fours, at St Lucia, guided West Indies to an easy six-wicket win.
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“Don‘t mind the numbers, Chris Gayle not getting the runs, soon to be 42, you guys should be happy to see Chris Gayle on the field still,” Gayle said after his knock while addressing him in the third person.
“Hopefully Chris will last as long as possible. Cherish those moments. Commentators, don‘t put no stats about Chris Gayle not scoring a half-century,” he said.
“Just respect the ‘Universe Boss’ playing some cricket and having some fun. Enjoy the moment with Chris Gayle with a strong West Indies team.”
At the same time, Gayle thanked Windies captain Kieron Pollard and veteran allrounder Dwayne Bravo for helping him get back into form.
“It’s a great journey. I’m so happy and so pleased to get a series win,” Gayle said.
“Congrats to the stand-in captain for achieving this against a great team. From a personal point of view, we all know that I was struggling, so it was pleasing to get runs. I want to dedicate these runs to my teammates, especially Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.”
“To Kieron Pollard, he played a big part as well even though he played in none of these games. He stands tall for the person I am and what I’ve achieved. He let me know where I stand within this team and he wanted me to go and express myself. So I’m very grateful for that pep talk because sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are, you need a bit of a talk sometimes. That coming from Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo with big support in the media as well,” he added.
“I have to commend those senior guys, they played a fantastic part in what happened today. With this strength and unity, we’re playing some great all-around cricket and I’m really pleased to win this series,” he said.
Chris Gayle, who continues to defy age and critics, said that his main focus is to play in the T20 World Cup later this year,