On this day: Chris Gayle scores World Cup’s first double century in 2015
Chris Gayle became the first person to score a double century in a World Cup match on this day in 2015.
Gayle struck 16 sixes in an extraordinary innings of 215 in West Indies’ victory over Zimbabwe in Canberra.
The destructive opener also thumped 10 fours on his way to the third highest one-day international score of all time.
The 35-year-old needed just 33 balls in his second ton as he moved into an elite club, with Gary Kirsten recording the previous highest score at cricket’s premier 50-over competition when he made 188 not out for South Africa against the United Arab Emirates in February 1996.
“It was slow at the start, but you have to take the bull by its horns and try to put some pressure on them,” Gayle said, BBC Sport reported.
“Eventually the field spread and I targeted which balls to attack. When I got past one hundred, I knew I wanted it to be a double hundred, so I’m glad I got the chance to deliver it.”
Gayle survived a tight leg before call first ball, and admitted to feeling the nerves.
“With the innings, I struggled at the start and it was scary the first ball. I was like ‘come on you’re not serious, I can’t be out on this first ball’. I needed a chance and got a break and made the best use of it.”
Gayle’s landmark innings was the first individual one-day double hundred outside of India and the fifth overall.
He fell to the final ball of the innings as the Windies reached 372 for two.
The left-hander also played his part in setting the highest partnership in ODIs as he and Marlon Samuels (133 not out) scored all of their side’s runs, along with 24 extras.
Hoggard and Bresnan withdraw as ECB racism process ‘has failed everybody’
The case is due to be heard in public by a Cricket Discipline Commission panel at the start of next month.
ECB’s Azeem Rafiq racism investigation has ‘failed everyone’ – Matthew Hoggard
Ex-England player Hoggard has withdrawn his co-operation from the process.
Ex-England and Yorkshire seamer Matthew Hoggard pulls out of racism hearing
Hoggard was charged by the ECB in June.
Jon Lewis keen to take World Cup fight to dominant Australia
England open their campaign against the West Indies on February 11.
Jos Buttler understands ‘complicated’ decision for players to skip Bangladesh
Alex Hales, Sam Billings and Liam Dawson are among those missing the white-ball tour to play in the Pakistan Super League.
Kyle Jamieson returns to New Zealand fold for England Tests but Trent Boult out
Fast bowler Jamison has played for New Zealand since last summer.
Jos Buttler focusing on positives despite England’s series loss in South Africa
There were some standout performances in the series as Jason Roy, Dawid Malan and Buttler all made hundreds.
England hand Rehan Ahmed first white-ball call-up for tour of Bangladesh
Ahmed became England’s youngest men’s Test cricketer when he lined up against Pakistan in Karachi.
How are England’s prospects looking ahead of World Cup defence?
Twin defeats in Bloemfontein meant victory in Kimberley was a mere consolation for double world champions England.
Jonny Bairstow heading in the right direction in his recovery from injury
The 33-year-old Yorkshireman underwent successful surgery on a broken leg and dislocated ankle in September after a freak golf incident.