‘Godspeed, Chris’ - Moodie hails Gayle’s ODI contribution amid retirement plans
Errol Moodie, president of Lucas Cricket Club, said retiring Windies one-day international (ODI) batsman Chris Gayle has made a valuable contribution to the club, as well as international cricket.
Gayle announced yesterday that he would be retiring from ODI cricket after this summer’s ICC World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
The 39-year-old left-hander has scored 9,727 ODI runs, which is second only to Brian Lara among West Indians in 284 matches since his debut in 1999.
Gayle, who represented Lucas for more than 20 years, has made 23 ODI centuries, and his 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 is the fourth-highest score in history.
A part-time off-spinner, he has also taken 165 ODI wickets at an average of 35.33.
Moodie toldThe Gleaner that Lucas was proud of Gayle’s achievements.
“I am happy for him for what he has achieved and he has made use of his opportunity,” Moodie said. “Maybe he is tired and wants to come home to spend more time with his family. It is very for taxing for him because some people can’t deal with the travelling. When you are young, it is easier, but when you get older, it gets tiresome after a time.
“He has done well and Lucas is happy, because I knew him when he was a schoolboy trying to make the cricket teams at Lucas, and from the beginning we saw the quality, and he has developed and he has achieved.”
However, Moodie added that despite Gayle’s record in ODI cricket, the powerfully built left-hander could have achieved a lot more.
“Maybe feel he could have achieved more because he made so many scores over 50, and I once said to him, he needs to increase his conversion rate, but I think he is satisfied with himself,” Moodie said.
“We are happy for his achievement because it is a whole family of cricketers and he has gone the furthest,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies President Wycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron declined to comment on Gayle’s legacy, saying he does not want to make premature statements, as he had not received official communication of the player’s intent to retire.
Gayle is in the Windies squad to face England in a five-match one-day series starting at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Wednesday.
He has played 103 Tests for the Windies, but in recent years has focused on limited-overs matches, both internationally and in domestic Twenty20 competitions.