Gayle’s teammate, Bravo, had already announced his retirement from international cricket. All-rounder Bravo scored 10 in his last innings Saturday with bowling figures of 0-36 in four overs. Like Gayle, the 38-year-old Bravo won the ICC T20 World Cup with West Indies in 2012 and 2016.
Gayle was out in trademark fashion, attempting to smash pacer Pat Cummins and sending an inside edge on to leg stump. He raised his bat and both hands as he left the field, hugged Bravo and received applause from teammates. His apparent retirement, which has not been officially confirmed, took many observers by surprise.
Gayle is the most prolific scorer in the format, with the left-handed batter the first to score 14,000 T20 runs for clubs and country in all competitions. He also played 103 tests for West Indies with an average of 42.
Gayle made a final mark on the game by claiming Marsh’s wicket with 1-7 from his single over.
David Warner, who scored an unbeaten 89 in Australia’s win over West Indies, praised Universe Boss.
“I look upto Chris Gayle. He sets high standards for an opening batsman”.