The early hours of 21st February had sports fans on the edge of their seats. While everyone was waiting for the pulsating clash between Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the UEFA Champions League clash, actual carnage was happening somewhere else. The first One-Day International (ODI) between West Indies and England in Barbados was witnessing the return of Chris Gayle. And, there was no shortage of entertainment.
After making his intentions pretty clear in the pre-match interview, the 'Universe Boss' stayed true to his word as he bludgeoned the England bowling attack to all parts of the ground. The Jamaican marauder slammed a blistering 135 which included three fours and 12 sixes. Owing to his ability to clear the ropes, Gayle also surpassed Shahid Afridi to record most number of sixes in international cricket.
The left-hander's breathtaking knock powered the hosts to a formidable total of 360 runs. But, if Gayle stole the limelight early on, the pivotal hundreds by Jason Roy (123) and Joe Root (102) ensured England - on the back of a six-wicket win - etched their name in the history books with the highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket.
While the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown witnessed multiple individual brilliances that had cricket fans in awe, but there was one unlikely candidate whose particular shot became the talking point on social media.
With the Windies already amassing 345 runs with one over to go, the instructions for the batsmen - Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo - in the middle were quite predictable - score as many runs as possible. But, while everyone would've expected Nurse to play the big shots and improve their already-intimidating total, Bishoo surprised everyone with a gem of a shot.February 20, 2019
After taking a couple of singles on the first two deliveries of the final over, the West Indies spinner produced a spectacular 'switch hit' off Adil Rashid. Flaying his premeditated shot, Bishoo smashed the England spinner from outside the off-stump to send the ball sailing over deep point for a big six. Such was the timing of his shot that the normal-looking stroke resulted in the maximum. Bishoo's unbelievable hit helped the Windies to equal the record for the most number of sixes in an ODI innings and, later, took social media by storm.
Bowlers after seeing this. pic.twitter.com/3vzR4KY1QJ— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 20, 2019
Clever batting though knew rashid would bowl googly so hitting with the turn , into to the wind and targeting smaller part of the ground.— Ash (@Ayadav1808) February 20, 2019
Unbelievable— Super Joshi (@1SuperJoshi) February 20, 2019
can someone please explain Carlos Brathwaite what Carlos Brathwaite is supposed to do in international cricket?
How on earth did Devendra Bishoo of all people score more runs than this guy?
Secondly, how's he selected when he goes for 8 an over, as per current rate?#WIvENG