West Indies swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle made a return to the West Indies during the first ODI against India on August 8 (Thursday) at the Province Stadium. With this game, Gayle overtook legendary cricketer Brian Lara as the West Indies cricketer with most ODI matches.
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Meanwhile, the team from the Caribbean Islands came to this game on the back of a whitewash in the three-match T20I series. The change in the format saw the return of star cricketers – Chris Gayle and Jason Holder with the all-rounder taking back the leadership duties. However, the all-important game had to wait due to rain playing a spoilsport at Guyana.
It's started to drizzle again. Another stoppage in play with the covers coming on #WIvIND
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 8, 2019
The umpires finally started the game after almost two hours, making it a 43-over encounter. But repeated downpour reduced the game time. Meanwhile, India opted to bowl first after winning the toss and exploit the sloppy conditions on offer. Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis came out to the middle but found it hard to score runs easily as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami made things difficult for the West Indies batters. With three more interruptions to the game, the host managed to post 54 runs at the end of 13 overs losing the wicket of Gayle who looked completely out of socks.
Although Chris Gayle struggled with the bat, he achieved a massive milestone for his country. Gayle, who has played 296 ODIs, overtook Brian Lara to the be the West Indies cricketer with the maximum fifty over games. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (268), Desmond Haynes (238), and Carl Hooper (227) completes the top five list of most ODIs for the team from the Caribbean Islands.