Until yesterday, Barbados, the island nation in the Caribbean, used to be known across the world for being the place where 'Friends' character Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) hooked up with Joey (Matt LeBlanc), but the Windies' 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle, decided to change that last evening when he caused it to rain sixes on the island against the visiting England cricket team.
WHAT A KNOCK.
Chris Gayle makes an incredible return to international cricket, reaching his 24th ODI hundred with a single off of Chris Woakes. It's come from exactly 100 balls.
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If 'Balls Lost' was a stat maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC), it would have to be Chris Gayle's name on the top of the charts.
In a comeback match of his extremely successful career, the 39-year-old was able to get his 24th ODI century. He scored a massive 135 runs off 129 balls while having three 4s and 12 thunderous 6s to achieve this feat.
What is crazier than these numbers is the sheer strength Gayle continues to command. There are sixes that just make it beyond the boundary line and then there are the 'Gayle Storm' sixes that disappear somewhere on stadium rooftops or even go out of them. Yesterday, Barbados experienced one such storm.
During the beating he put on the Englishmen last evening, Gayle's 12 sixes included a monsterous maximum that travelled for more than 120-m with the ball nowhere to be found. However, the 'ball-finding' experts believe that it may quite possibly be resting on the decks of a ship docked in the adjacent port.
But that was just one of eight incidents when the umpires had to introduce a new white ball into the game because of Chris Gayle.
Running out of balls in Barbados#ENGvWI
Gayle looked like a batsman fresh in his prime during the first ODI between England and West Indies. Beating Shahid Afridi's record for the most number of sixes (476), Gayle got the top spot in that category when in the 14th over, Gayle sent another one out of the park on a Moeen Ali-delivery.
His new found form has come up after a couple of days since the athlete had publicly announced that he would be retiring from One-Day International cricket post ICC World Cup 2019.
Although Joe Root and the rest of the English squad was able to chase down the Windies' mammoth total of 360 runs to win the first ODI, Gayle's return to the Caribbean roster in such fashion, just a couple of months before the world cup is nothing but good new for his team.
Regardless, his fans were thoroughly entertained:February 20, 2019 February 20, 2019
Gayle storm is here for a biggie!!! Another one!! That's 3rd ball they have lost..#WIvENG— Yogi (@yogasai1990) February 20, 2019
5th ball is lost ðð Chris gayle #WIvENG— CRICKET LOVE (@CricketMyLove_) February 20, 2019
Could watch Chris Gayle bat all day. See ball, hit ball #WIvENG— Mark Dignam (@MarkDignam_84) February 20, 2019
Chris Gayle knocking the ball out the park for fun— WOOD (@LeeWood_14) February 20, 2019
Christopher Gayle!!! ð¥ð¥ð¥
Wowzers! Can we have the ball back please? ð #WIvENG