Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 27th 2015 Contents CANBERRA---Former
West Indies fast bowler
Michael Holding believes
Chris Gayle s whirlwind
Zimbabwe was his most
dominant innings and
would have come as a
relief to the batsman,
while England s Jonathan
Trott felt the knock sim-
ply reaffirmed how cru-
cial Gayle was to West
Indies plans of going far
in the World Cup.
Holding and Trott were
speaking on ESPNcricin-
fo s match analysis show.
Gayle had gone 19
months and 19 innings
without scoring an ODI
hundred since July 2013,
raising questions from cer-
tain sections about his
place in the team, but
Holding said Gayle always
had it in him to silence his
critics with a big score.
"I had a feeling Gayle
might come around to the
party this time," Holding
said. "He has shown
everyone he is still capable
of getting runs, and at a
fantastic rate. He started
slowly, but he has been in
bad form, so you could
"You could see that it
was a big relief. The catch
that he took and then he
just rolled about for 50
yards and he was just hav-
ing a ball. You can see
Chris Gayle walking on
the field and people say
that he looks a little dis-
interested, moping. He
gets a good knock and
Gayle took 105 balls to
reach his hundred, but as
the innings wore, he grew
more authoritative, regu-
larly pulling every Zim-
babwe bowler over the
leg-side boundary. At the
end of his 147-ball 215,
Gayle had broken a host
of records---the highest
World Cup score, the
and tied for the most sixes
in an ODI. Gayle received
ample support from Mar-
lon Samuels, with whom
he added an ODI record
partnership of 372 runs.
Such was the ferocity
with which Gayle played,
according to Holding, that
it allowed Samuels to go
about his own game and
compile a handy 133.
"Gayle s innings was
special because it was so
dominant. Samuels did
not look like he was in a
rush or that he had to
score too quickly. That was
because Gayle dominated
the entire proceedings.
"If you re batting along-
side Gayle with the form
he was in today, it doesn t
matter how good a player
you are. You ll automat-
ically relax a bit since you
don t have to take any risk.
So all Samuels had to do
was push around and put
the bad balls away."
Trott said he was
reminded of another pow-
erful innings watching
Gayle bat: Martin Guptill s
unbeaten 189 which sunk
England in 2013. On that
day, Trott had replied with
a century of his own, but
England couldn t get close
to the 360-run target.
"You could see the relief
on Gayle s face, and just
how appreciative he was
of his team-mates."
However, Trott was also
quick to point out how
Gayle had enjoyed a big
slice of luck in his innings.
Tinashe Panyangara had
an appeal for lbw turned
down after curling one into
Gayle when the batsman
was yet to get off the
reviewed, and even though
the replays suggested the
ball would go on to knock
the bails off, umpire Steve
Davis original call was
upheld. Then, when he
was on 121, Gayle skied
one down long-on s
throat, but Panyangara had
overstepped his mark
while delivering the ball.
"The key thing was he
could ve been given out.
If that had been given,
none of us would have
batted an eyelid," Trott
said. "It s amazing how
quickly things can turn-
around in sport."
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, February 27, 2015
SYDNEY---West Indies are pondering the pos-
sibility of calling for a replacement player to
take the place of Darren Bravo who is still unable
to run, five days after sustaining a low-grade
tear to his left hamstring.
A team spokesperson
has confirmed that
Bravo is "taking longer
than expected to recov-
er" and there is a chance
West Indies will need
cover, ESPN cricinfo has
Bravo will miss West
Indies next match
against South Africa,
after also missing Tues-
day s match against
Zimbabwe, and he is not
likely to make a come-
back against India.
West Indies have nine
days before their final
group match against UAE in Napier and it is
expected that if Bravo has not recovered in time
for the India match on March 6, a replacement
will be called up.
Jonathan Carter took his place in the starting
XI against Zimbabwe but was not required to bat
and may get the opportunity against South Africa.
West Indies do not have another extra batsman
in the side and will be perusing their talent pool
which includes Leon Johnson, who was part of
the ODI series in South Africa and Narsingh
Deonarine, who also played that series and had
a decent score of 43 in one of the matches. (CMC)
SYDNEY---Former West Indies captain Sir Viv
Richards says Chris Gayle s double century against
Zimbabwe has "lifted the spirits" of the team and
relieved pressure on young captain Jason Holder.
The Jamaican opener scored 215 against Zimbabwe
on Tuesday---the first double-ton in World Cup his-
tory and only the fourth in one-day internationals.
West Indies have won convincingly against Pakistan
and Zimbabwe after succumbing to a shocking defeat
against Ireland in their opening match.
"It was a phenomenal innings. Especially the way
West Indies batted against the so-called minnows
[Ireland]," said Richards.
"It s the stuff champions are made of."
Richards himself has compiled two of the most-
highly regarded ODI innings, both against England-
a match-winning 138 not out in the 1979 World Cup
final; and a brutal then-world-record 189 not out
at Old Trafford in 1984.
Richards admits that more consistency was needed
for the team to progress to the final stages of the
"Their response and the talent in the team, it s
potent," Richards added.
"But what the fans demand is to see this on a
more consistent basis. You need that leadership
where the batsmen are concerned." (CMC)
West Indies middle order batsman Mar-
lon Samuels says that he continues to
work very hard on his game because he
is not as lucky as some other players. He
said yesterday that if he did not score
runs, he would be dropped from the West
Samuels was speaking ahead of the West
Indies game against South Africa. He said:
"There were times when I scored a half
century in between bad form but still found
myself out the team. I am not like others
who continue to play despite, failure, failure,
failure. I have to get runs or I am out the
The West Indies vice-captain scored an
unbeaten 133---his best ODI knock, in the
last game of the World Cup against Zim-
babwe at Canberra. He featured in a world
record partnership of 372 with Chris Gayle,
who scored 215.
Speaking of his performance, Samuels
said: "It was really my best ODI knock
given the fact that I was involved in that
record. To have a record that was held by
Sachin Tendulkar, who is my batsman
means so much to me."
Samuels and Gayle broke the previous
highest partnership record which was held
by Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. "I am in
good form and Chris (Gayle) was not scor-
ing runs, so I just gave him the strike and
took my game down for a bit, before taking
it up again in the end and it worked out
well for us."
Speaking on his game he said: "I have
been batting well and I am looking for
consistency, which I am starting to achieve.
I have been training hard, working in the
gym as well and it is paying off for me.
"I am looking forward to the rest of this
World Cup and getting good scores. I think
that we have a settled batting side. It is
to just get the bowling which has been up
and down, in order and we will be fine.
The bowling has been coming together and
we just need to continue working."
Concerning the leadership of Jason Hold-
er, he said: "Jason is a young man and has
to learn on the job. We as senior players
are here to guide him and assist where
necessary but he has to learn from being
in the job and take it from there."
Samuels says not lucky as some others
Viv says Gayle
West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels plays a shot as Zimbabwe wicketkeeper
Brendan Taylor, left, follows the ball during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match in
Canberra, Australia, Tuesday. Samuels shared a record breaking partnership with
Chris Gayle in scoring an unbeaten 133, as West Indies won the match. AP PHOTO
Gayle to kick on
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