8/12/2019 1:53:06 AM (GMT+3)

Gayle becomes highest ODI run-scorer for West Indies

Gayle becomes highest ODI run-scorer for West Indies

KOLKATA: Chris Gayle became the all-time highest West Indian run-scorer in One-day International cricket at the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday. 

Needing just nine runs to surpass Brian Lara's 10,405, the 39-year-old opening batsman played with exaggerated care for 21 deliveries before slashing left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed to the backward-point boundary in the second ODI against India to reach 11, lifting his overall tally to 10,408.

However, he was dismissed without adding to that score in the very next over, trapped leg-before by right-arm fast-medium bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar to have the West Indies at 45 for one in the tenth over replying to India's total of 279 for seven.

This match was already an historic landmark for Gayle as it is his 300th ODI, taking him past Lara's 299 as the most by a West Indian in the 50 overs-per-side format.

Gayle made his debut in an ODI against India in Toronto almost 20 years earlier, where he batted at number four in the order.

He had also expressed a desire to play a farewell Test in his native Jamaica, despite not featuring in the traditional format of the game at international level for almost five years.

That wish seems to have gone unheeded with Gayle, who turns 40 on September 21, not named in the West Indies squad of 13 for the two-Test series to be played in Antigua and Jamaica at the end of the month. (Pic: Windies Cricket/Twitter)