The Universe Boss is back; really, he never went away. “How can that change man? That will never change man! I will take that to the grave.”
So said Chris Gayle, as ebullient as ever, as he is about to enter the final furlong of his international career. “It is good to be back with the boys and playing against England on Wednesday,” he said. “I’m always looking to put on a show. England fans love to see the universe boss exploding and entertaining you guys as much as possible.”
For Gayle, like for his side, the five one-day internationals against England are essential preparation for the main event: the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
“It is a big year for me to be honest. I hope 2019 can finish for me on a great note. It started well with various tournaments but being back in West Indies colours is the most important.”
Gayle hasn’t played for the West Indies since last July – he has missed matches subsequently to play in foreign leagues – and confirmed that the ODI World Cup would mark the end of his 50-over career. “In 50-over cricket, definitely the World Cup. I’m looking to draw the line there – or should I say cut the string – let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun.”