first_imgChris Gayle overtook Brian Lara to become the highest run-scorer for West Indies in one-day internationals. Gayle needed 9 runs to go past Lara before West Indies took on India in the 2nd match of a 3-match ODI series in Port of Spain on Sunday.Chris Gayle debuted in 1999 and announced his decision to retire from ODIs after the end of their World Cup. However, he made an U-turn in a press conference during the World Cup and insisted that he will play ODIs against India and at least a Test match.Brian Lara finished with 10405 runs including 19 hundreds and 63 fifties from 299 ODIs. Incidentally, Gayle was playing his 300th match for West Indies when he broke Lara’s record on Sunday.Before the Trinidad game against India, Chris Gayle had 10,397 runs in ODIs but 55 of those runs had come for ICC World XI in 3 ODIs.Chris Gayle has 25 ODI hundreds and 52 half-centuries. He is also the only West Indian with a double hundred in ODIs. He had scored a double century in the 2015 World Cup against Zimbabwe.Gayle most-capped West Indies playerGayle became the most-cappped West Indies player in ODIs on Sunday as he took the field against India at the Queen’s Park Oval. Gayle was pumped up and said it’s a great achievement to have played as many ODIs as he has.”It is a great achievement to play 300th ODI. When I look back, I say, could I make 300th ODI and I am very thankful that I am playing this 300th match. I enjoy playing this format without a doubt, I enjoyed batting with you (Darren Ganga) too,” Gayle said in a pre-match interview.advertisement”We are trying to build more unity in our team. The guys like Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran those guys will carry West Indies forward. When John Campbell gets his chance, he will have something to showcase. I am there to guide them as much as possible and try to help West Indies cricket as much as possible.”At 39, Chris Gayle continues to be one of the greatest entertainers in the game. Nonetheless, the big-hitting batsman was not in the best of his form in World Cup 2019 despite heading into the tournament on the back of some runs in the home series against England. Gayle managed just 242 runs from 9 matches at 30.25.During the 2019 IPL, Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs and the only player to hit 300 sixes in the tournament. Chris Gayle, who now plays the IPL for Kings XI Punjab, also leads the list for most century makers in the Indian Premier League.Also Read | Great achievement to play 300 ODIs: Chris GayleAlso See:last_img