Chris Gayle of the West Indies is 41 years old, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his demeanour or mobility on the field.
After dismissing South Africa opener Reeza Hendricks during the fourth T20I at the National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada, the legendary Gayle demonstrated that age is just a number with a cartwheel, almost a summersault-like celebration.
Gayle did not have a huge bat, scoring only five runs, but he was as explosive as a 20-year-old with the ball and on the field.
When Gayle had Hendricks stumped on the first ball of the second over of South Africa’s innings, he scanned the field and performed the cartwheel, much to the delight of the crowd.
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But wait, that’s not all.
To go along with that, the ‘Universe Boss’ completed two catches to eliminate David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi.
One of the many people enthralled by the performance was South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, who tweeted his love for Gayle, calling him the ‘coolest cricketer alive.’
He tweeted, “Chris Gayle is the coolest cricketer alive.”
Gayle’s performance was the cherry on top for West Indies, who beat South Africa by 21 runs to keep the series tied at 2-2 and keep their hopes alive with one match remaining.
Lendl Simmons struck 47, but Kieron Pollard’s half-century, which came off just 25 balls and included two fours and five sixes, helped West Indies to 167/6.
South Africa, on the other hand, could never get off the ground.
Quinton de Kock fought alone, striking 60 runs off 43 balls with six fours and two sixes, but no other batsman could match him.
Only Aiden Markram, Miller, and Kagiso Rabada reached double figures as South Africa were restricted to 146/9.
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