Clive Lloyd Hopeful of Chris Gayle Firing in More Than One Way
Legendary Windies cricketer and two times World Cup winning skipper Clive Lloyd is hopeful that swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle will come good in more than one way in the upcoming ICC World Cup.
Meanwhile, Lloyd was in London on Tuesday at an event marking 100 days until the start of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. But unlike all the England cricketers past and present also involved, including Nasser Hussain, Graeme Swann, Alastair Cook and James Anderson, Lloyd knows what it is to be a World Cup-winner, having led Windies to victories in Lord’s finals in 1975 and 1979. The 1975 edition, the inaugural men’s World Cup, saw Lloyd score a brilliant hundred hunderd during a 17-run win in the final against Australia.
“It was the first World Cup — they’ll never be another first — and having won it in front of a large West Indian contingent, it was quite exciting,” Lloyd told AFP.
Windies recently upset the odds to beat England 2-1 in a Test series. As a result, Clive Lloyd believes they could cause a few upsets at the World Cup as well, especially if the “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle finds his form.
“I think they can be quite a formidable side if they choose the right team,” said Lloyd ahead of the start of a five-match one-day series between the West Indies and World Cup favourites England in Barbados on Wednesday.
“We have some good one-day players and let’s hope Mr Gayle fires in more ways than one. I think they can do very well in this competition,” he concluded.
It will be an exciting challenge when the ODI series kicks off later today as Windies will aim to find their combinations before the pinnacle show.