Opener Chris Gayle is on the cusp of etching his name in history books when Windies locks horns against India in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on Friday. The hard-hitting southpaw is on the verge of surpassing legendary Brian Lara to become the highest run-getter for West Indies in the 50-overs format.
Lara, in his career, scored 10,48 runs in 295 ODIs. Gayle is just 7 runs away from smashing the record. He was dismissed for 4 in the rain-spoilt first ODI. The left-handed batsman has 10,342 runs at the moment in the ODIs in 295 matches.
Most runs for West Indies:
10,348: Brian Lara
10,342: Chris Gayle
12,408: Shivnarine Chanderpaul
8,648: Desmond Haynes
6,721: Vivan Richards
If Gayle manages to score a century in this clash and ends up with 107 runs, he will also become the leading run-scorer for Windies against India in ODIs. Gayle is currently at the fifth spot with Desmond Haynes leading the charts with 1,357 runs.
Rain played spoilsport as the first one-dayer between India and the West Indies was called off after the home side scored 54 for 1 in 13 overs. The stop-start match, which was reduced to 34-over-a-side, was abandoned after a second rain interruption. More than an hour and a half later, the umpires decided to call off the match.