Chris Gayle set to be peerless at World Cup 2019 but in danger of unwanted record: West Indies begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31

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West Indies opener Chris Gayle will be the only player to feature in his fifth World Cup in the upcoming edition of the quadrennial 50-over cricket tournament. West Indies begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chris Gayle will join an elite list of players when he represents West Indies at World Cup 2019
  • 8 players didn’t win a World Cup title even after featuring in 5 editions
  • Gayle has been in fine batting form in the lead up to World Cup 2019

Chris Gayle will be bringing the curtains down on his celebrated international career at the 2019 World Cup. Arguably one of the best limited-overs batsmen, Gayle had announced his retirement in the lead up to the World Cup.

Right after announcing his retirement earlier this year in February, Gayle went berserk in a five-match ODI series against England at home, sending a warning signal to West Indies’ rivals. Gayle had hit 424 runs, including 2 hundreds and as many fifties, in just 4 matches.

Gayle made a mark in the Indian Premier League despite not being at the best of his form. The 39-year-old finished the IPL 2019 season with 490 runs from 13 matches, including 4 fifites for Kings XI Punjab.

If his batting form in the World Cup year is anything to by, Gayle looks determined to make a mark and finish his ODI career on a high. Gayle will be part of the West Indies leadership group as well as the aggressive opening batsman was named the deputy to Jason Holder for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.

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Chris Gayle will be peerless at the World Cup as no other player would have played as many times in the quadrennial cricket tournament as the West Indies great.

Gayle, who made his ODI debut in September 1999, has featured in the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

Interestingly, Gayle is in danger of joining a select group of cricketers who have unfortunately finished without a World Cup title even after featuring in 5 editions of the 50-over ODI tournament.

Eight players have never lifted a 50-over World Cup trophy despite have made 5 appearances. Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo of Kenya, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori and Pakistan star Shahid Afridi are part of the select group.

Sachin Tendulkar hadn’t won a World Cup even after making 5 appearances but the Indian batting great managed to finally lay his hands on the trophy in his 6th attempt when the team led by MS Dhoni created glory at home.

Nonetheless, Gayle is confident West Indies will be able to do some damage at the World Cup. Jason Holder’s men lost a tri-series in Ireland in the final to Bangladesh but they were without their established names, including Gayle, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite.

Speaking to India Today last month, Gayle had said West Indies will be looking to get together as a group and play quality cricket in the United Kingdom. West Indies open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31.

“I will be fit and ready and really looking forward to it. A lot of talks have been around that teams should be wary of the West Indies based on what has actually happened in the ODI series vs England at home. Once the team is selected and we can come together as a group, I am sure we can do some damage in the World Cup,” Gayle had said.

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