Chris Gayle returned back to form with a sensational 38-ball 67 in the third T20 international against Australia on Monday. The southpaw shut down all his critics, who pointed out his poor run of form in the series, with a blistering knock to guide his team to victory and thereby seal the series 3-0.
Australia batted first in the game and scored 141 runs in the first innings. Moises Henriques top-scored with the bat, scoring 33 off 29, while Aaron Finch amassed 30 off 31 balls. Chris Gayle, in the second innings, made a mockery of the total as West Indies chased it down in just 14.5 overs. Nicholas Pooran also added some runs under his belt, scoring 32 off 27 balls.
Chris Gayle, the 42-year old cricketer, often refers to himself as the Universe Boss. The sticker on his bat also had the same name. However, during the third ODI, the sticker on his bat read ‘ The Boss’ instead of ‘Universe Boss’. In an interview after the match, Gayle revealed the reason behind the same.
Gayle said in a video posted by cricket.com.au on Twitter,
“ICC don’t want me to use ‘Universe Boss.’ So I have shortened it and just put ‘The Boss’.”
“Well, I have to copyright it. Not ICC, I am technically the Boss.”
On Tuesday, Chris Gayle scripted history by becoming the first player to breach the mark of 14,000 runs in T20 cricket. He achieved the feat during the 9th over of the third T20I against Australia when he hit Adam Zampa’s delivery for the maximum.
Even at 41 years of age, Chris Gayle is still going strong at the biggest stage. The hard-hitter claims he has no plans of retiring anytime soon. The West Indies will play the fourth T20 international against Australia on 14th July 2021.