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Chris Gayle becomes first West Indies cricketer to play 300 ODI matches

A file photo of Chris Gayle. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 11, 2019, 07.16 PM (IST)

Chris Gayle became the first West Indies cricketer to play 300 One-Day International (ODI) matches and hailed the landmark as "a great achievement" of his career. 

Heading into his milestone game against India in the second ODI of a three-match series, Gayle said, "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." 

India are coming off from winning the T20I series and playing the second ODI of a three-match series at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Sunday (August 11). The first match was abandoned due to rain. 

Having made his ODI debut in 1999, Gayle has scored 10397 runs in the format at an average of 37.80. 

He has also played 103 Tests and 58 T20Is. 

Before the match started, Gayle talked about the future of West Indies team, he said, "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," Gayle added. 

"I am there to guide them as much as possible and try to help West Indies cricket as much as possible," said Gayle. 

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During the toss, Windies skipper Jason Holder congratulated gayle, he said, "It is a big match for Chris Gayle, I would like to congratulate Gayle for an outstanding career so far. We want to win this game for him."