Christopher Henry “Chris” Gayle, the 38-year-old Jamaica and Windies opening batsman, is optimistic about the West Indies’ chances to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The absence of key Twenty20 players such as Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, and Andre Russell, has not dampened the outlook of the dashing batting “universal boss.”
He is upbeat ahead of the qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March.
“It’s going to be a challenge for us. A lot of youngsters are on the team, and West Indies cricket is still in the rebuilding process. Hopefully, we can get past this qualifying zone and be a part of the World Cup and not miss out like how we missed out on the Champions Trophy,” noted Gayle.
Gayle has not only played in four cricket World Cups for the West Indies but also has an impressive record in all format of the game.
The talismanic batsman is one of only four players who has scored two triple centuries at Test level: 317 against South Africa in 2005, and 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010.
Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he scored a 30-ball century that became the highest individual T20 score (175 not out).
Gayle has the unique record for scoring tons in almost every T20 leagues across the world.
He has scored T20 centuries in India, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, and England.
Gayle was recently awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander [CD] for his contribution to sports, recently.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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