West Indies pick Chris Gayle for ODIs against India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chris Gayle was nominated in the West Indies squad for ODI series against India
  • Gayle had announced that he planned to retire following the ODI World Cup but he changed his mind during the World Cup 2019
  • Gayle currently has 10,338 runs and needs just 11 more to pass Brian Lara (10,348) for the highest gross in ODIs for West Indies

Master opener Chris Gayle was on Friday named in the West Indies team for the 3-match ODI series against India, starting Aug 8.

Left-handed opener John Campbell, batsman Roston Chase and all-rounder Keemo Paul have all been summoned to the 14-member squad for the list which will be defended on Aug 8 at the Guyana National Stadium, and on Aug 11 &14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

First, of the England series in March, Gayle had told that he prepared to retire following the ODI World Cup, but he turned his thought during the tournament and has made himself ready for this series.

The southpaw will miss the previous T20 series as he will be busy with GT20 Canada. The self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” also has the other motivation to chase 2-records during the ODI series.

Gayle has 10,338 runs and requires just 11 more to pass batting legend Brian Lara (10,348) for the highest gross in ODIs for West Indies.

He has also accumulated 10,393 runs and needs 13 to again overtake Lara (10,405) for the most terms by a West Indian in the history of ODIs.

“Chris is a precious player, and he takes a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, he presents a number to any dressing room, and it is great to have him in the squad,” said interim West Indies master coach Floyd Reifer.

Reifer said Campbell, Chase and Paul had been brought back to add more balance to the squad, while Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel and Ashley Nurse have all dropped out on preference for the matches on Virat Kohli’s side.

The rest of the World Cup team remains in place.

“We have a mix-up of some expert and modern ODI players,” replied Reifer.

“It is great to have Keemo, John and Roston behind, and they will help to bring a balance to the team. Seeing ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to make upon seeing the World Cup. We have retained a huge no.. of players from the World Cup Team, so there is a lot to increase on, and I am looking forward to the series,” he added.

West Indies ODI Squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.

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