World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle 3rd West Indian to score 1000 World Cup runs

first_imgChris Gayle became the 3rd West Indian after Viv Richards and Brian Lara to score 1000 runs in World Cups. Gayle joined an elite list during his 17-ball 21 against defending champions Australia in West Indies’ 2nd match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Chris Gayle, who turns 40 in September, has been in red hot form over the past few months. After destroying England in a series-winning performance at home, Gayle scored 490 runs at a strike rate of 153.60 for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Gayle was named in the West Indies squad for World Cup 2019 and was expected to play a crucial role for the Caribbean side in England. He hit an aggressive half-century in a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in West Indies’ tournament opener.Chris Gayle is one of the greatest batsmen in the shorter formats. During the 2019 IPL, he became the fastest to 4000 runs in the tournament and also became the first batsman to hit 300 IPL sixes.Chris Gayle, who is playing his 5th World Cup, has so far scored 1015 runs in 28 matches. In 2015, Gayle hit his career-best 215 against Zimbabwe. He now has 2 more runs than the legendary Viv Richards who hit 1013 runs in 23 World Cup matches. Brian Lara with 1225 runs continues to be the leading run-scorer for West Indies in World Cups.Sachin Tendulkar who scored 2278 runs in 45 matches from 1992-2011 leads the overall run-scorers list in World Cups while Ricky Ponting (1743) is 2nd. Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is 3rd with 1532 runs and Brian Lara is 4th.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell’s salute is the new coolAlso See:last_img

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