West Indies opener Chris Gayle, who smashed the first World Cup double-century on Tuesday, said he wanted to get it ever since India’s Rohit Sharma scored two of them in ODIs.
The 35-year-old smashed 16 sixes and 10 fours to score 215 against Zimbabwe in a Pool B game. This became the highest World Cup score, beating the previous best of Gary Kirsten of South Africa, who made 188 against the United Arab Emirates in 1996.
“I am very happy to get this first double-hundred and ever since Rohit got two (ODI double-hundreds), I have been hounded to get one as well,” Gayle said after his whirlwind innings at the Manuka Oval.
Rohit is the only individual with two double-hundreds to his name, including the highest ODI score of 264 which he scored against Sri Lanka in 2014.
Gayle who survived a lbw decision was slow to start and after settling in cashed on the bowling. His inning helped West Indies to post a huge total of 372 which was enough for West Indies. West Indies won the match by 73 runs. He has picked up 2 wickets also.
Overall, I am really happy and I just want to try and build on this as much as possible. Want to build on this momentum and move ahead as we look towards the South Africa game.”
He is the fourth batsmen to score a double ton apart from Rohit Sharma twice, Sachin Tendulkar . He is one the destructive batsmen in the World Cricket today. He can clear any boundary with ease and can take apart any bowling attack on his day.
With two wins in the tournament West Indies have four points. If Gayle can fire against South Africa and India then West Indies can pose threat to any team.
The Jamaican said he wanted to build his innings rather than throw his bat around from the word go. Lets see what does he do against top test playing nations in the upcoming matches.