Chris Gayle went past Brian Lara twice in one game during the second ODI match between India and West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday. The ‘Universe Boss’ first overtook Lara to become the highest ODI capped player for the West Indies with his 300th ODI appearance before also surpassing the legend to become the Caribbean nation’s highest run-scorer in One-day internationals. Gayle now holds the record of being most capped ODI player and highest ODI run-getter for West Indies. Lara took to social media to congratulate the big-hitting opening batsman. Most Runs in ODIs List: Virat Kohli Overtakes Sourav Ganguly to Become India’s Second-Highest Run-Scorer; Sachin Tendulkar Remains on the Leaderboard.
Gayle became the only player to appear in 300 ODIs for the West Indies when he was named in the playing XI for the second ODI game between India and West Indies. India eventually won the game by 59 runs, via the DLS method. The 39-year-old overtook Lara, who represented the Caribbean nation in 299 ODIs.
Brian Lara Congratulates Chris Gayle
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) August 12, 2019
Gayle also had come into the IND vs WI three-match ODI series just 11 runs away from surpassing Lara and becoming the highest run-scorer in ODI cricket for the West Indies. He had been dismissed for a 35-ball 4 in the opening game keeping him 7 runs away from breaking the milestone. He eventually got to the feat in the 9th over of the West Indies innings.
The left-hander now has scored 10408 runs in 300 ODI appearances for West Indies, three more runs than Lara managed in 299 ODIs. Gayle also leads the chart for most centuries and most sixes for the Caribbean team. Gayle has 26 hundred and 53 half-centuries, while Lara scored 19 centuries and had 63 50-plus scores in his 299 ODI appearances.
Meanwhile, Gayle is expected to be part of third India vs West Indies ODI game at the same ground. He was, however, left out of the two-match Test series between both these teams. He has struggled for form of late and could only manage 11 of 25 deliveries in the second game which West Indies lost by 59 (DLS) runs after the initial 280-run target was revised to 270 following rain interventions.