West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Chris Gayle says ‘larger image’ is to win third T20 World Cup with Windies

West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Chris Gayle says ‘larger image’ is to win third T20 World Cup with Windies

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: Chris Gayle stated on Monday he’s targeted on the “larger image” of successful a 3rd T20 world title with the West Indies later this 12 months, forward of the veteran batsman’s return to worldwide cricket this week.

The 41-year-old was named within the Windies’ 14-man squad for the three-game T20 worldwide collection in opposition to Sri Lanka, which begins in Antigua on Wednesday.

Gayle, who was a part of the World Twenty20-winning sides in each 2012 and 2016, performed the final of his 58 T20 internationals in opposition to England in March 2019.

File image of Chris Gayle. AP

File picture of Chris Gayle. AP

The Windies will try to defend their title in India in October and November.

“I need to accomplish, beginning off by successful the collection, however the larger image is definitely to get three T20 titles below my belt,” Gayle informed a press convention.

“That is truly the aim I am setting in my head — successful the T20 World Cup…

“The World Cup remains to be a good distance off however by the point you quint (blink), it is World Cup time.”

Gayle has made 1,627 T20I runs with a highest rating of 117 at a median of over 32.

His document tally of twenty-two centuries in all T20 cricket is 14 greater than anybody else — the Australian trio of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Michael Klinger have all struck eight.

“I need to win the collection,” Gayle added. “I need to get off to begin.

“It is actually good to be again. Hopefully I can carry out, assist the workforce, and put the workforce in a successful place.”

Gayle was initially left on the sidelines by Punjab Kings throughout final 12 months’s Indian Premier League, however confirmed the workforce what they’d been lacking when he was chosen halfway by means of the match with a string of excessive scores.

Having spent the overwhelming majority of his profession as an opener, he impressed within the IPL batting at quantity three, averaging 43.88 from 9 innings.

He’s one among 4 openers within the West Indies squad, however stated that he could possibly be used decrease down the order once more.

“It looks as if I am the quantity three specialist now,” he stated. “It is not an issue. I am good at taking part in spin, I am nearly as good at taking part in quick bowlers as anybody as I am an opener.

“However with West Indies cricket, no matter function they need me to play, I am keen to play that exact function…

“If it is opening, I am prepared, quantity three, quantity 5 — I am just about versatile. I’ll nonetheless be the perfect quantity 5 on the earth, greatest quantity three on the earth.”

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