Chris Gayle makes Cricket History with the First “Double Century” in the World Cup
Published: February 24, 2015 1:58 pm
24 February 2015, Nirapad News: Chris Gayle has made the highest record score of a double century at the cricket World Cup, belting 215 playing from the beginning till the end when he got caught out on the final ball of the innings. An ODI double-hundred should feel monumental. This one felt inevitable. The fastest ODI double-hundred should feel exhilarating, like a roller coaster ride. This felt like a quiet drive home from a Suburban Tupperware party. That’s what Chris Gayle does.
This was the fifth double-century in ODIs, and it came exactly five years after Sachin Tendulkar first reached the landmark. Once a year is too frequent a rate for the milestone to be special any more, and since it was Gayle, it answered the question of when rather than if. Interviewed right after his dismissal off the final ball of the innings, Gayle himself said a lot of people had expected it from him, and “hounded” him to get one.
Inevitable, then. Even though he had gone 19 months without an ODI hundred. Even though – but perhaps it kindled a flame within him – his own board president had re tweeted, less than a week ago, a fan asking for Gayle to be given a ‘retirement package’.
Gayle finished on 215 from 147 balls. He hit 10 fours and sent 16 sixes flying over the straight boundary or into a group of fans dressed as a coven of witches beyond the mid wicket boundary. At the other end, unnoticed, Marlon Samuels made his highest ODI Marlon Samuel score and played second fiddle in a partnership of 372, the highest for any wicket in ODIs.