WICB congratulates Gayle for masterful innings
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has congratulated Chris Gayle following his amazing double hundred that propelled West Indies to their second victory in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2015.
Gayle was in record-breaking mood, smashing an incredible 215 off just 147 balls with 14 fours and 16 sixes as Windies beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis Method on Tuesday.
He was out the last ball of the West Indies' innings of 372 for two from their allocation of 50 overs in the Pool B match at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
"On behalf of the directors, management and staff of the WICB and the people of the region, I want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the team for their emphatic win and Chris for his brilliant innings today," said chief executive officer of the WICB, Michael Muirhead.
"It must be a great feeling for him to have achieved the highest score in the history of the Cricket World Cup. His performance, we are sure, helped to make the day of every West Indian, whether at home or abroad, fans of the game or not."
Gayle surpassed Sir Vivian Richards' 189 not out against England as the highest all-time score by a West Indies batsman, and his 181 against Sri Lanka as the highest score by a West Indian in the 40-year history of the World Cup.
"He deserves every accolade that he receives following such an incredible innings. We know such an achievement does not come easily and we want to thank him for the tremendous effort he displayed," said Muirhead.
"Now that he has accomplished such a feat, he has now set a high standard for himself and other members of the team to follow, and we are sure they'll meet it or beat it in the coming weeks of the tournament. We urge fans to 'rally hard' around the team, as they set their sights firmly on winning the title."
Samuels' valuable effort
Gayle, who also took two wickets to complete a memorable Man of the Match performance, added a world record 372 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, who made a career-best 133 not out.
"We must also recognise the valuable effort from Marlon and the support he gave Chris from the other end in their world record partnership, which contributed to putting us in a strong position in the match," said Muirhead.
"Again, they showed the value of teamwork and is another fine example to the people of our region about how success can be achieved."
West Indies travel to Sydney today, as they prepare to face South Africa at the famous Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday (11:30 p.m. on Thursday Eastern Caribbean time/10:30 p.m. on Thursday Jamaica time).