Cricket World Cup 2015: Gayle’s 215 is first WC double century; 372 with Samuels breaks records

Chris Gayle 215 vs Zimbabwe- WC 2015

Chris Gayle 215 vs Zimbabwe- WC 2015

Gayle scores 215- fastest ODI double century – 16 sixes equals ODI record

After scoring the fastest ODI double-hundred, against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, Chris Gayle admitted he had been under pressure to score runs following a lean run of form recently. Gayle’s 215, which came off 147 balls, was the fifth double-hundred in ODIs and the first in a World Cup, and his record 372-run stand with Marlon Samuels the highest in ODIs – propelled West Indies to a formidable 372 for 2 in Canberra.

Gayle said that people had been expecting him to score a double-hundred for a while now and was happy to deliver. “There has been a lot of pressure. The runs haven’t been coming,” Gayle said. “It’s the first time in my career that so many people wanted me to score runs. The messages kept coming in – on Twitter. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen that so many people wanted me to perform. I’m glad I gave them something to cheer about. 

“Since the four-fielder rule came in, I’ve maybe scored one half-century. It was a bit easy for batters to score more runs. Like I said, if I get it past 100, I’ll definitely try and make it a big one. I’m happy to get my first double century in ODI cricket – a lot of fans have tweeted about it since Rohit Sharma scored two double-hundreds. Everybody expected me to do it as well. I’m glad I got a chance to deliver today.” ————–  read more   Felt even my enemy wanted me to do well – Gayle -video

WI v Zim, Group B, Canberra

Gayle, Samuels smash Zimbabwe and records

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WI v Zim, Group B, Canberra

Gayle blows West Indies back on course

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