Chris Gayle, the West Indies batsman, will be fit into the World Cup starting from May 30 in the United Kingdom, with five or more players joining the Cricket’s biggest battle, who will join the special club, the world will become the 19th player.
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan’s Javed Miandad have played in most six-six World Cups. But, there are 16 such players who have played in five World Cups. These include Brian Lara, Imran Khan, Arjun Ranatunga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram, Ricky Ponting, Jack Callis.
39-year-old Chris Gayle will now become the third Caribbean player to join this list after Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Chris Gayle is a left-handed batsman and opening for the West Indies.
Stats of Chris Gayle before ICC World Cup 2019
|Playing Role||Opening Batsman|
|Bowling||Right-arm off-break bowler|
Performance at Overall ODI
Chris Gayle has scored 10151 runs in 288 one-day matches for the West Indies at an average of 38.02, including 1 double century, 25 centuries and 51 half-centuries. During this period his best score was 215 runs. Chris Gayle has 165 wickets in ODIs and his best performance is 5 for 46 runs.
Gayle has played in the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups in which he has scored 944 runs in 26 matches at an average of 37.37. His name includes an innings of 215 runs. The ‘Universe Boss’ has so far made 37 sixes in the Cricket World Cup and is jointly with South Africa’s AB De Villiers. This means that as soon as the first half of the tournament is played, it will become the World Cup’s ‘Siksar King’.
International cricket tour
Chris Gayle played his first international match against India on 11 September 1999. In the current World Cup tournament, only two players who have participated in the tournament were those who had debuted in international cricket in the last century. These include Shoaib Malik of Pakistan besides Gayle. Malik played his first ODI match on 14 October 1999. Malik, though earlier, was only part of the Pakistan team in the 2007 World Cup.
Gayle needs only 56 runs to complete 1,000 runs in the World Cup. Only 17 batsmen have scored more than 1000 runs so far, in which Tendulkar is topped with 2278 runs. West Indies’ Lara (1225) and Viv Richards (1013) have reached this position.