After a gap of two long years, Chris Gayle is all set to return in the maroon of the West Indies in the shortest format. He is all set for his T20I return during the Windies’ Sri Lanka tour which is scheduled in March. Gayle cut short his Pakistan Super League (PSL) stint to return home. He is scheduled for a fitness assessment before being named in the side.
The Universe Boss last featured in international cricket in August 2019. He blasted a 41-ball 72 against India before walking off to handshakes from opponents and applause from fans. It seemed as if it was his last game for West Indies but he returned in the Bangladesh Premier League after a sabbatical. It was then that he revealed that he was still open for a return for West Indies while joking that he might continue playing till he was 45.
Chris Gayle’s future
Ever since the 2019 World Cup, Gayle’s future has been a topic of discussion on and off. The destructive opener, who was first set to retire following the gala event, reconsidered the decision during the event itself. Ever since, his form has been on and off. Featuring in various leagues around the world, the big man has been able to unleash himself but only in phases.
Nonetheless, his return will bolster the Windies side who will be defending the T20 World Cup this year in India. Having won the previous edition in India, the Kieron Pollard-led side would be looking to defend it this time around. Despite being at the age of 42, Gayle is surprisingly fit and hungry for runs more than ever. And it could boost the side’s morale given their performances in the format lately.