West Indies batsman Chris Gayle surpassed Shahid Afridi to record most number of sixes by any batsman in worldwide cricket during the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Wednesday.
He was dropped by Jason Roy when he was on just nine, when the Englishman grassed a straightforward chance at point off the bowling of Liam Plunkett. So we left him out of squads so he could play for Kent and he captained them to a Lord's final and promotion.
The West Indies, led by Chris Gayle, smashed a world record 23 sixes during their innings, with Gayle clearing the ropes 12 times by himself, but remarkably the home side's total of 360 was easily overhauled.
"The manner we started set the tone of the innings, Jason and Jonny were outstanding", said Morgan.
"Our bowlers did very well at the end of the West Indies innings when it looked as if they would get up to 380, and when we batted, you really can´t look past that start we got". Once the floodgates opened, the destructive left-hander raced to a run-a-ball century in a scintillating display of power hitting.
"Our energy and body language wasn't up to the mark, perhaps due to missed chances".
Chris Gayle might open alongside John Campbell, with Shai Hope, Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran coming in the middle-order. He still remains highly underrated despite adding huge value to the side and the underrated status will definitely blow away given he does a good job in the World Cup which his country will be hosting in a few months time. It's good to see him out there playing the way he is.
Captain Eoin Morgan chimed in with 65. At no stage did we feel we were under pressure to up the rate. That ability to put your best ball away for four or six is heart-breaking as a bowler. Jason Roy and Joe Root powered the side to chase down the big score with an over to spare.
The ´man of the series´ with 18 wickets as the West Indies surprised England 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy in the preceding Test duel, Roach has been ruled out of the entire ODI series due to early signs of what could develop into a stress fracture of the lower back.
England's Joe Root plays a shot against West Indies during the first One Day International cricket match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.