WATCH: Virat Kohli and Co congratulate Chris Gayle as the latter walks off for one final time in Port of Spain

WATCH: Virat Kohli and Co congratulate Chris Gayle as the latter walks off for one final time in Port of Spain

Chris Gayle might just have played his final ODI knock for West Indies in the ongoing third and final ODI against India in Trinidad on Wednesday. Gayle, who was expected to call-time on his international career after the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019, had expressed his desire to play for one last time in the ongoing series against India. After a swashbuckling 72-run-knock in the final third ODI of the three-match series, Gayle looks all but set to quit the fifty-over format.

Gayle on his way back to the dug-out was congratulated by the Indian players as they bid farewell to one of the greatest ever to have played for West Indies. Gayle, who recently became the all-time highest run-getter for West Indies in ODI, surpassing the legendary Brian Lara, was playing his 301st ODI game on Wednesday in what could be his final appearance for Windies in the fifty-over format.

The explosive left-hander opened the batting with Evin Lewis in the third ODI on Wednesday. He got his team off to a good start in the game and combined with Lewis to post a 115-run stand for the first wicket. He slammed 72 runs off 41 balls laced with eight fours and five sixes and was looking in great touch before being dismissed by Khaleel Ahmed. It was Gayle’s 54th ODI fifty.

The Indian players walked up to him and congratulated the veteran batsman on a great career. Indian skipper Kohli was seen engaging in his trademark gesture with his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate as he signed off in style.

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One of the most devastating batsmen of the current generation, Gayle, who made his ODI debut for the West Indies in Septemeber 1999 against India, seemed to have played his final fifty-over game against the same side in 2019. In a nearly two-decade-long career, Gayle wowed the fans across the globe with his exploits with the bat.

Gayle has so far played 301 ODIs and has a staggering 10480 runs in the fifty-over format including 25 hundreds and 55 half-centuries. He is the all-time leading run-getter for West Indies in the format with 10425 runs in 298 games and is followed by Lara, who scored 10348 runs in 295 games. Gayle was sporting the number – 301 on his back, another indication that he might have played his final ODI game.

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