West Indian self proclaimed “Universe Boss”, Chris Gayle has reached another landmark in his extraordinary career. Gayle surpasses Brian Lara to become the highest scoring West Indian cricket in One Day Internationals during the second ODI against India on Sunday.
Playing his 293rd innings in his 300th match, Gayle went past Lara’s tally of 10,348 runs, who had done it in 295 matches.
Gayle, for whom this match was already special as it was his 300th, made it even more special after crossing one of the greatest West Indian cricketer that the world has witnessed.
Speaking in a pre-match interview about his 300th ODI, a happy Gayle said that he was there to guide the young West Indian team in the right direction.
“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,” Gayle said in the 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.”
Being set a target of 280 runs in a rain affected match, Chris Gayle came out to open the innings for West Indies 7 runs short of Lara’s tally. He did not start the innings in as destructive manner as he is known to be, taking 20 balls for his first 7 runs, which would have definitely released some pressure off him.
He achieved this feat in Brian Lara’s home town, Trinidad
He is also the West Indian to have played most number of ODIs, which was also Brian Lara before him at 295 matches.