West Indies opener who calls himself the ‘SPARTAN’ Chris Gayle has shown himself as the real Spartan in Tuesday’s Pool B match of the World Cup 2015 against Zimbabwe at Canberra.
In his first highest score in the Cricket World Cup history, he smashed 215 runs off 147 balls with the help of 16 massive sixes and 10 fours and helped Windies total of 372 runs in 50 over with 8 wickets remaining.
Soon after, he got out of the last delivery of the West Indies innings.
The 35 year old left hander Chris Gayle reached 200 off 138 balls by hitting Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the 46th over.
“It was slow at the start, but you have to take the bull by its horns and try to put pressure on them,” said Gayle.
“Eventually the fiel spread and I targeted which balls to attack. When I got past one hundred, I knew I wanted it to be a double hundred, so I am glad I got the chance to deliver it.”
Gayle’s double hundred was also the fifth century in all one day international cricket.
What Gayle said?
“With the innings, I struggled at the start and it was scary the first ball. I was like ‘come on you’re not serious, I can’t be out on this first ball’. I needed a chance and got a break and made the best use of it.
“There’s been a lot of pressure and the runs haven’t been coming. This is the first time ever in my career that so many people wanted me to score runs and the messages keep coming in on Twitter, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen so many people wanting Chris Gayle to perform.
“In the end, I’m glad I gave them something to actually cheer about. Overall, I’m really happy and I want to try and build on this as much as possible. The team can gain some momentum going into South Africa.”
By Faizan Ahmed @FAYZiiii