Gayle goes past Lara’s record in ODIs
The ‘Universe Boss’ does it again! He broke West Indies great Brian Lara‘s ODI record as he came out to bat against India in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Providence Stadium, Guyana.
As the left-handed batsman came out to bat in his 296th ODI, he surpassed Lara’s record of most number of ODIs for West Indies.
The 39-year-old cricketer required just 11 runs at the beginning of the match to surpass the West Indies’ legend’s tally of most number runs in ODI cricket.
Unfortunately, Chris Gayle found himself completely clueless while facing the Indian bowlers. He failed to hit the ball or rotate the strike in the rain-affected match as he ended up consuming too many deliveries.
After not being able to hold on for a while, he got out for just 4 runs from 31 balls as he fell prey to chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav while the batsman tried to go for a big shot.
In the process, the ball got an inside edge of the willow and fell into the stumps as he miscalculated the line and length and played a tad too early.
However, there are two more matches left for Gayle to make a huge impact by breaking Lara’s record in most runs in ODIs. He just needs 7 more runs to accomplish the feat.
Talking about the match, he shared a 42-run partnership with opener Evin Lewis for 10.1 overs in a rain-affected 34 overs per side game.
West Indies ODI captain Jason Holder in a press conference said: “Chris Gayle has always done well over the years. It is great to have him in the squad. He always brings a lot to the team. His presence is always felt when he steps in any cricket field. We are happy to have him in the dressing room.”