Chris Gayle proved once again that age is just a number as he broke into a cartwheel, almost a summersault-like celebration after dismissing South Africa opener Reeza Hendricks during the fourth T20I.
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle may be 41 years old, but you won’t be able to understand him by seeing his demeanor or his movements on the pitch. The legendary Gayle proved once again that age is just a number as he launched into a cartwheel, almost a summer jump-like celebration after dismissing the opener South African Reeza Hendricks in fourth T20I at National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada.
Gayle didn’t go big with the bat, scoring just 5, but with the ball and on the pitch he was as electric as a 20-year-old. As Gayle got Hendricks out of the first ball of South Africa’s second inning, he swept the field and pulled out the wheel, to the spectators’ delight. And wait, that wasn’t it. The “Boss of the Universe” also made two catches to ward off David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi.
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn was one of the many mesmerized by the effort and tweeted his admiration for Gayle, calling him the ‘coolest cricketer alive’. “Chris Gayle is the coolest cricketer alive,” he tweeted.
Gayle’s efforts were the icing on the cake for the West Indies as they triumphed over South Africa by 21 runs to keep the series locked at 2-2 and stay alive with one game to play. Lendl Simmons scored 47, but a smashing half-century of captain Kieron Pollard, who only managed 25 balls, including two fours and five sixes, brought the West Indies to 167/6.
In response, South Africa could never get out of the blocks. Quinton de Kock fought a lone battle scoring 60 of 43, hitting six fours and two sixes, but other than himself, no other batsman could step in. Aiden Markram, Miller, and Kagiso Rabada were the only other batsmen to enter double-digit numbers as SA was held at 146/9.