Chris Gayle 300: Can India play party poopers in West Indies star’s landmark ODI?

first_img Akshay Ramesh TrinidadAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 21:46 IST Chris Gayle will be keen on scoring big in his 300th ODI (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle will be playing his 300th ODI on Sunday in TrinidadGayle last scored a fifty vs India in ODIs in 2009Gayle is on the cusp of breaking Brian Lara’s West Indies record in ODIsIndia take on West Indies in the 2nd ODI of the ongoing three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday. Both teams will be looking to get off the mark in the ODi series after the 1st ODI was washed out due to rain after just 13 overs of play in Guayana on Thursday.While India have been dominant in the ongoing tour of West Indies so far, the hosts would want to buckle up and deliver in what will be Chris Gayle’s 300th ODI.Chris Gayle, who is undoubtedly a limited-overs legend, will become the first West Indies cricketer to play 300 ODIs. Gayle already holds the record for the player with the most number of ODIs for the West Indies — 296 matches, one more than Brian Lara who played 295 matches for West Indies.Gayle on the cusp of breaking Brian Lara’s West Indies recordGayle is currently tied on 299 ODIs (overall) with batting great Brian Lara who announced his retirement in 2007.Gayle is also on the cusp of breaking Brian Lara’s record for the most runs by a West Indies batsman in ODI cricket. 39-year-old Gayle who made his ODI debut in 1999, needs just 9 runs to go past Lara’s mark of 10,405 runs.Gayle had reversed on his retirement announcement as the West Indies opener said he wanted to play ODIs and a Test against India after the World Cup, which was expected to be his international swansong. Gayle was in imperious form against England in an ODI series at home, scoring 424 runs in just 4 matches but his form dipped in the World Cup.advertisementGayle was expected to set the stage on fire in Guyana but he managed just 4 runs from 31 balls, struggling to put bat to ball in the 1st ODI against India.The Jamaican batting great will be hoping to delight his fans in what is probably his penultimate ODi appearance on Sunday. If Gayle gets past Brian Lara’s West Indies record in Trinidad, he would certainly want to celebrate the landmark with a big knock.Numbers not in favour of GayleGayle, on Saturday, was left out of West Indies’ Test squad for their upcoming series against India, starting August 22. The big-hitter will certainly be looking to prove a point to the selectors, which will certainly augur well for the hosts who are looking for some inspiration in the ongoing series.However, Gayle needs to tackle India’s new-ball threat as Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be looking to tie down the big-hitter once again.Also, Gayle hasn’t done well against India in ODIs in the recent past. The left-hander last scored a 50-plus score against India in June 2009 when he hit a 65-ball 64 in Kingston. Gayle has hit 4 hundreds against the Asian giants but his last one came in 2006.Also Read | Agree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Mohammad Shahzad suspended for an indefinite period by Afghanistan Cricket BoardAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Brian LaraFollow West Indies Cricket Team Chris Gayle 300: Can India play party poopers in West Indies star’s landmark ODI?Chris Gayle, who was ignored for Tests vs India, will become the first West Indies cricketer to play 300 ODIs when he takes the field in the 2nd match of the ongoing 3-match series in Trinidad on Sunday. Gayle will be looking to celebrate the landmark ODI with a big knock but his numbers against India in the recent past is a cause of concern.advertisementlast_img read more