Gayle breaks Lara’s record in ODIs
Chris Gayle on Sunday, went past Brian Lara’s record to become the highest run-scorer for West Indies in ODIs. Before breaking Lara’s record, Gayle needed 9 runs to script history and during Sunday’s game against India in the 2nd match of a 3-match ODI series in Port of Spain, Gayle wrote a success story for himself.
West Indies legendary cricketer Brian Lara finished his ODI cricketing career with 10405 runs including 19 hundreds and 63 fifties from 299 matches. Cut to Chris Gayle who was playing his 300th match for West Indies, he finally went past Lara on Sunday.
Ahead of the Trinidad game against India, Chris Gayle was standing at 10,397 runs in ODIs. Chris Gayle has by far scored 25 ODI hundreds and 52 half-centuries to his name and in fact, he is also the only West Indian with a double century in ODIs. He had scored a double century in the 2015 ODI World Cup against Zimbabwe.
The Universe Boss became the most-capped West Indies cricketer in ODIs on Sunday’s encounter as he played against India at the Queen’s Park Oval. Chris Gayle was super excited and said it’s a great achievement to have represented the team in many ODIs.
“It is a great achievement to play 300th ODI. When I look back, I say, could I make 300th ODI and I am very thankful that I am playing this 300th match. I enjoy playing this format without a doubt, I enjoyed batting with you (Darren Ganga) too,” Chris Gayle said in a pre-match interview.
“We are trying to build more unity in our team. The guys like Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran those guys will carry West Indies forward. When John Campbell gets his chance, he will have something to showcase. I am there to guide them as much as possible and try to help West Indies cricket as much as possible.”
Even at the age of 39, Chris Gayle is smashing records with ease, proving that age is just a number in cricket.
To mention the fact that during the latest edition of the IPL, Chris Gayle scripted one more history as he became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs. In addition to that, he is also the only player to smash 300 sixes in the tourney. Chris Gayle, who now plays for Kings XI Punjab, also tops the list for most century scorers in the Indian Premier League.