'Universe Boss' Gayle Finds T20 World Getting Smaller
Zeeshan Mehtab 12 days ago Thu 14th October 2021 | 10:41 AM
St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Oct, 2021 ) :Chris Gayle, the self-styled 'Universe Boss', heads to the T20 World Cup determined to prove that he remains a headline act rather than an ageing crowd-puller living off his reputation.
Now 42, the physically imposing Gayle boasts career figures and performances that rivals can only envy.
In T20 Internationals, he has hit 1,854 runs, two centuries with an average of just under 30.
The Jamaican star has made just a single half century in the last five years at international level over 26 innings.
"His declining numbers since the last World T20 in 2016 mean, unless there is a remarkable transformation in the UAE, he will be little more than a peripheral figure in purely cricketing terms for the defending champions." The selection of Gayle, as well as 36-year-old seamer Ravi Rampaul, whose last T20 appearance was six years ago, split opinion in the region.
There was consternation that Gayle was reportedly not required to meet the fitness standards which ruled out highly-regarded batsman Sherfane Rutherford and T20 match-winning spinner Sunil Narine.
The peripatetic Gayle has also struggled for runs in his global franchise league commitments and is without a 50 in his last 10 innings.
However, he refuses to see himself as a spent force, believing that the 2021 T20 World Cup in Oman and the UAE will be a fitting farewell for a player who has often been the right man in the right place at the right moment.
In West Indies' victorious 2012 campaign, he hit three half-centuries -- including an unbeaten 75 in the semi-final win over Australia.
"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," said Gayle, speaking in the third person after hitting a match-winning 67 against Australia in July this year in St Lucia.
"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.
"Just respect the 'Universe Boss' playing some cricket and having some fun. Enjoy the moment."