Chris Gayle mentioned on Monday he’s centered on the “larger image” of successful a 3rd T20 world title with the West Indies later this yr, forward of the veteran batsman’s return to worldwide cricket this week. The 41-year-old was named within the Windies’ 14-man squad for the three-game T20 International (T20I) collection in opposition to Sri Lanka, which begins in Antigua on Wednesday. Gayle, who was a part of the World Twenty20-winning sides in each 2012 and 2016, performed the final of his 58 T20 internationals in opposition to England in March 2019.
The Windies will try to defend their title in India in October and November.
“I need to accomplish, beginning off by successful the collection, however the larger image is definitely to get three T20 titles below my belt,” Gayle informed a press convention.
“That’s truly the objective I’m setting in my head — successful the T20 World Cup…
“The World Cup remains to be a great distance off however by the point you squint (blink), it is World Cup time.”
Gayle has made 1,627 T20I runs with a highest rating of 117 at a mean of over 32.
His report tally of twenty-two centuries in all T20 cricket is 14 greater than anybody else — the Australian trio of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Michael Klinger have all struck eight.
“I need to win the collection,” Gayle added. “I need to get off to a great begin.”
“It’s actually good to be again. Hopefully I can carry out, assist the group, and put the group in a successful place.”
Gayle was initially left on the sidelines by Kings XI Punjab throughout final yr’s Indian Premier League, however confirmed the group what they’d been lacking when he was chosen halfway by the event with a string of excessive scores.
Having spent the overwhelming majority of his profession as an opener, he impressed within the IPL batting at quantity three, averaging 43.88 from 9 innings.
He is one in every of 4 openers within the West Indies squad, however mentioned that he might be used decrease down the order once more.
“It looks as if I’m the quantity three specialist now,” he mentioned. “It’s not an issue. I’m good at enjoying spin, I’m nearly as good at enjoying quick bowlers as anybody as I’m an opener.”
“But with West Indies cricket, no matter position they need me to play, I’m prepared to play that specific position…
“If it is opening, I’m prepared, quantity three, quantity 5 — I’m just about versatile. I’ll nonetheless be the very best quantity 5 on the earth, finest quantity three on the earth.”
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