West Indies legend Chris Gayle breached yet another record in Twenty20 cricket as he became the first batsman to reach the 14000 runs mark.
The 41-year-old achieved this milestone during the third 20-over match between West Indies and Australia at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia. Gayle played an outstanding knock of 67 runs off just 38 deliveries to clinch the game for his side. His blissful inning consisted of four 4s and seven massive 6s as well.
Chasing an easy target of 142 in 20 overs, Gayle’s knock helped the hosts finish the game inside 15 overs. WI stand-in skipper Nicholas Pooran also played well for his quick 32 runs. With this victory, the Windies have attained an assailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series against the Aussies.
Chris Gayle won the ‘Player of the Match’ award
The ‘Universe Boss’ was also awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his outstanding batting performance. During the post-match presentation ceremony, Gayle dedicated his knock to his teammates, especially Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo. The veteran also stated that he’s currently eyeing to play at least till the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE.
“It’s been a great journey. I’m so happy and pleased to get a series win. Congrats to the stand-in captain for achieving this against a great team. From a personal point of view, we all know that I was struggling. So it was pleasing to get runs. I want to dedicate these runs to my teammates. Especially Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo. Sometimes, no matter how great you are, you need to get some talking.
“The strength and unity in this team are immense. During the series against Sri Lanka when I got back in the squad, I was trying to do a different role than being myself. I don’t mind the numbers, soon to be 42 so you all should be glad that Chris Gayle is still playing. My real target is the World Cup and I hope I’ll last till then. They (Australia) lost a lot of players and are looking to rebuild. With the World Cup looming, this is a good test for them,” Gayle had said after receiving the MOTM award.