Chris Gayle scored a typically brutal half-century in what looked set to be his final ODI appearance for West Indies.

Three days after he overtook Brian Lara to become West Indies' record run-scorer in the format, Gayle flayed India's bowlers for a 41-ball 72 in Port of Spain.

Boundaries accounted for 62 of the runs from the tall left-hander, who hit eight fours and five sixes in a crowd-pleasing innings.

It came to a tame end when he looked to play another big shot against Khaleel Ahmed, who had come in for early punishment.

Rather than find the ropes again, Gayle picked out India captain Virat Kohli at mid off and the catch was safely taken.

Gayle, whose match shirt carried the number 301 to signify his number of ODI appearances, was surrounded by well-wishing Indian fielders after his innings ended.

He chose to play on after West Indies' disappointing Cricket World Cup performance, despite saying in March he had played his final home ODIs.

But the 39-year-old signalled this would be his last ODI series, and if he stays true to that decision it will leave him free to concentrate on a lucrative T20 franchise career.

India's players offered what appeared to be warm words to Gayle, who walked off in a theatrical manner with his bat raised, his maroon batting helmet balanced on its top.

West Indies and India were contesting the final match in their three-game ODI series and, besides the attention on Gayle, there was plenty to play for.

The first was abandoned due to rain, before India won the second match that, like Wednesday's contest, was also played in Port of Spain.

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is confident his side can bounce back from their 59-run defeat Sunday to level their ODI series against India in the second ODI in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Windies legend Brian Lara has congratulated top-order batsman Chris Gayle on breaking his record for the most One Day International (ODI) runs scored by a West Indian batsman.

The 39-year-old Gayle reached the mark during the second ODI match of India’s current tour of the Caribbean.  Heading into the series, Gayle was 11 runs away from surpassing Lara and eventually achieved the feat in the ninth over of the second ODI.

The batsman was, however, dismissed soon afterward, making 11 runs.  The opener was also sent back to the pavilion early in the first match after making 4 runs.  Gayle now sits on 10,353 runs, five ahead of Lara's tally of 10,348 runs.

Lara congratulated Gayle for achieving the milestone via social media platform Twitter.

"Congratulations @henrygayle most runs by a West Indian in ODI cricket," Lara tweeted.

Gayle is expected to retire from international cricket, following the series and has not been included in the Test team.  The Windies will play India in the third and final ODI on Wednesday.

Chris Gayle broke two of Brian Lara's ODI records but a sublime century from Virat Kohli inspired India to a 59-run victory in Port of Spain and a 1-0 series lead over West Indies with one match to play.

Gayle surpassed Lara to become the first West Indian to make 300 appearances in the 50-over format and also moved past the great left-hander's record tally of 10,348 ODI runs at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

The opener fell for only 11 soon after making history and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 4-31 as Jason Holder's side were bowled out for 210, chasing a revised target of 270 to win from 46 overs after a couple of rain delays – Evin Lewis top scoring with 65.

Kohli (120) was the star of the show, the India captain crafting a 42nd ODI hundred and setting a record of his own for the fewest innings to score 2,000 ODI runs against one nation in his 34th knock against the Windies.

The classy Kohli also moved past Sourav Ganguly into second on the all-time list of India's leading ODI run-makers and held three catches, while Shreyas Iyer scored an excellent 71 in India's 279-7.

Sheldon Cottrell gave the Windies an ideal start by trapping Shikhar Dhawan leg before from the third ball of the match, but Kohli – who won the toss – and Rohit Sharma set a platform with a second-wicket stand of 74.

Kohli was in ominous touch from the start of his latest masterclass, scoring freely on both sides of the wicket, and Iyer provided great support for his skipper after Rohit and Rishabh Pant departed.

India were 101-3 in the 23rd over when Carlos Brathwaite (3-53) bowled Pant, but Kohli and the impressive Iyer frustrated the Windies with a fourth-wicket stand of 125.

Kohli crunched Holder back over his head for six and pointed to his name on his shirt to celebrate yet another hundred before holing out off Brathwaite and Iyer followed after hitting a six and five fours.

Gayle was given a standing ovation and a shake of the hand by Kohli when he surpassed Lara's tally, but Bhuvneshwar sent him on his way soon after leg before.

Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer also failed following a second rain delay, but Lewis dug in for a fluent half-century despite suffering a calf injury before Kohli rose to remove the opener with a sharp one-handed catch at extra cover off Kuldeep Yadav.

Nicholas Pooran played his shots to give the Windies hope, but Bhuvneshwar dismissed him for 42 and took a brilliant catch off his own bowling to get rid of Roston Chase as India secured a comfortable win.

Chris Gayle broke Brian Lara's ODI run-scoring and West Indies appearance records before falling cheaply after India captain Virat Kohli made another sublime century in Port of Spain.

Gayle marked his historic 300th match in the 50-over format by bettering the great Lara's tally of 10,348 runs at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

The 39-year-old opening batsman was given a standing ovation and a shake of the hand from Kohli when he set the record in Lara's hometown.

Gayle was five ahead of Lara when he fell for only 11, failing with a review after he was trapped leg before wicket bang in front by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, reducing the Windies to 45-1 in reply to 279-7 in the second match of the series.

Kohli earlier produced another masterclass, moving above Sourav Ganguly into second on the list of leading India ODI run-scorers with a magnificent 120 from 125 balls.

The classy skipper struck a six and another 14 boundaries and Shreyas Iyer made 71 after the tourists had won the toss.

Kohli also set a record for the fewest innings to score 2,000 ODI runs against one nation in what was his 34th knock against the Windies.

Outspoken Cricket West Indies (CWI) director Conde Riley has claimed Windies captain Jason Holder pleaded with the then newly-appointed Ricky-Skerrit association not to change the regional team’s coaching staff ahead of the ICC World Cup.

The administration has come in for some heavy criticism in some quarters after the new president sacked interim coach Richard Pybus and the selection panel only weeks ahead of the tournament. 

The move had proven to be particularly controversial as the team had put in a strong performance against England in an ODI tour of the Caribbean only a few weeks prior. Despite being president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and a director of the CWI, Riley, who warned against the move, was understandably among the critics.

“We ain’t win a match after the opening game against Pakistan because they fired everybody. Jason Holder, the captain, begged him not to do it, I begged him not to do it. I am hurt,” Riley told the Barbados Nation News.

“I am angry. I said, what they did was wrong to fire every selector. We just beat England and they fired everybody. The ‘A’ team lick up, the ‘B’ team lick up, and the dressing room is in disarray. I say what I have to say, the BCA board of management can vote me out. I am a life member, but I can’t see something that is wrong and say that it is right.”

 

Windies star Chris Gayle is admittedly grateful to achieve the significant mark of 300 ODIs, the most appearances by any West Indian player.

The left-handed opener reached the mark during the second ODI against India at Queens Park Oval, in Trinidad, on Sunday.  The appearance moved Gayle, now 39 years old, past another West Indies legend Brian Lara, who had made 299 and makes him the first West Indies player to take part in 300 ODIs.

 "I'm thankful, it's a great achievement to actually accomplish," he said in a video posted by Windies Cricket on Twitter.

"It's a very special day. I must give thanks to the almighty to actually reach this far and to the fans for the support through the years, it's been fantastic.”

Gayle could of course also make more history as he remains just 9 runs shy of Lara’s record for the most ODI runs (10,405).  The opening batsman struggled in the abandoned first ODI, scoring 4 from 31 deliveries.

“Hopefully I can make it a special one today for the fans. 300 ODIs, from a personal point of view as well I want to make it a special one. I'm grateful, but it will be more important to get a win as well and go one up as well."

The batsman will have to have to wait or his chance, however, as India won the toss and choose to bat.

 

Rahkeem Cornwall has received a surprise maiden Test call up for West Indies for their upcoming series against India.

Antiguan off-spinner Cornwall has been included in the 13-man squad selected for the Windies' squad, having impressed for Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the West Indies Championship.

The six-foot five-inch 26-year-old has taken 260 wickets in 55 first-class matches and will be handed his chance to shine on the international stage in the two-match series, which begins on August 22.

Cornwall, who featured in an ODI against England for the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI in 2017, has also proven himself as a lower-order batsman, averaging just under 25 in 97 innings.

"Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the Test squad is merited at this time," said chief selector Robert Haynes.

West Indies claimed a 2-1 victory over England earlier in 2019, though Alzarri Joseph and Jomel Warrican have not been recalled despite featuring in that series.

All-rounder Keemo Paul, a replacement for Test captain Jason Holder when he was forced to miss the final Test of the England series, has retained his place.

West Indies Test squad for India series in full: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

Former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has accused his detractors of wanting overnight success and promised to write a tell-all memoir about his time in office.

Following a three-term spell in charge of the regional governing body, Cameron was defeated by Ricky Skerritt earlier this year.  The Jamaican had served as head of the association since defeating Julian Hunte in 2013.

During his time in charge, Cameron has been credited with implementing improved retainer contracts for players and officials, restructuring the regional competitions and improved relations with the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA).  The Windies team while struggling in the world rankings, also claimed two T20 world titles, and the women’s and youth titles.

“We tried to implement certain things within West Indies cricket but I think, as a people, we want success but we don’t want to understand the road to get to success because it doesn’t happen overnight,” Cameron told the Good Morning Jojo Show.

“ We had a very successful home series earlier this year against England which I thought made a lot of people happy…but that’s not what we want; we want something else, and so I will keep those thoughts and I will commit them to writing at some point in time,” he added.

“I’ve been a part of organisations that have very high standards and I tried to implement that at West Indies cricket.  I tried to ensure West Indies cricket survived and I can say that I don’t believe anybody in management or leadership has the wrong views or different views from myself on West Indies cricket, but we just all have different ways of achieving those results.”

Chris Gayle made just four runs on his 299th ODI appearance for West Indies as the first match of their series with India was abandoned due to rain.

Having elected not to retire after the World Cup as initially planned, Gayle matched Brian Lara's one-day appearance record on Thursday, though he failed to impress with the bat and made just four runs from 31 deliveries.

After a delayed start, the Windies survived unscathed for five overs before the weather closed in once more, halting play.

When the action resumed, the home side looked in good shape as Evin Lewis clicked into gear, hitting two sixes and a pair of fours in the space of seven balls.

But while Lewis - who finished up unbeaten on 40 - was upping the scoring rate, Gayle could not get into his stride. He eventually succumbed to a full delivery from Kuldeep Yadav, edging onto his own stumps.

Shai Hope came in to replace Gayle, though the match would not last much longer, with the rain returning. Following several pitch inspections, the officials called off the game with West Indies having reached 54-1 in 13 overs.

Gayle will have the chance to atone for his disappointing display in the second match of the three-game series on Sunday.

Windies One Day International (ODI) skipper Jason Holder has targeted batsmen going deep into the innings as crucial for success against in-form India when the three-match series bowls off on Thursday.

The two teams will enter the series at opposite ends of the spectrum, in terms of form and perhaps confidence.  India are fresh from a crushing T20 victory series over the Windies, while the regional team is still struggling to put together the pieces following a disastrous World Cup.

In addition, the Windies suffered 3-1 losses in their last two series against India.  Despite winning just a single game at the World Cup the Windies showed flashes of promise with individual batsmen getting starts but failing to deliver.

"Too many instances where we have gotten starts as individuals but never carried them deep into the innings, so that's one area we have pinpointed and once we've tackled that we have put ourselves in our very good position," he said ahead of the first ODI against India in Guyana.

"For me it's just a matter of remaining disciplined with the new ball, taking new-ball wickets and focus on their middle order and take the game from there," he added.

Windies legend Desmond Haynes has accused Cricket West Indies (CWI) of turning a cold shoulder to his aspirations of joining the regional cricket team’s coaching staff.

Haynes, once part of the most successful opening duo in West Indies cricket history, has expressed an interest in serving the regional team in the capacity of coach for the last couple of years. 

Despite receiving ringing endorsements from several former legends, Haynes was first overlooked under the Dave Cameron administration when Cricket West Indies (CWI) appointed Richard Pybus.  Under the new Ricky Skerrit-led association, which later pledged to use regional talent to fill vacancies, he was again overlooked as Floyd Reifer was named interim coach heading into the ICC World Cup.

“I would do everything in my power to assist West Indies cricket. I have sent in an application, I haven’t got a reply. So I don’t believe West Indies cricket is interested in me,” Haynes said in a recent interview with Wisden Cricket.

“I sent in an application and the CEO said he’d pass it onto Jimmy Adams [West Indies’ director of cricket]. So nothing’s happening. It’s that lack of respect – I think I deserve a reply just saying, ‘Desmond, we’re working on it’,” he added.

“It got to a stage where I sent an application in February and they name an interim coach in Reifer; they’re preparing for the World Cup and they get [Ramnaresh] Sarwan to help with the batting. They’re obviously sending a message that they definitely don’t want me around West Indies cricket.”

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite was left to rue another sub-par performance with the bat as India secured a 7-wickets win, in the ultimate match of the T20 series, at Providence Stadium and with it a 3-0 sweep of the regional team.

After losing the toss and being sent to bat, the Windies found themselves in early trouble when they lost Sunil Narine (2) to the bowling of Deepak Chahar.  Chahar would go on to remove Evin Lewis (10) and Shimron Hetmyer (1) en route to man of the match honours.  Once again, the regional team’s top order had failed to fire, losing their first three wickets for 14 runs.

Experienced middle-order batsman Kieron Pollard brought some respectability back to the innings after scoring a quick 58 from 45 balls, before being bowled by Navdeep Saini.  Rovman Powell also did his best to add to the total with an unbeaten 32 from 20 balls, as the Windies fought to 146 for 6.  In reply, half-centuries from India captain Virat Kohli (59) and Risbah Pant (65*) ensured that the visitors chased down the target with relative ease.  O’Shane Thomas was the best of the Windies bowlers after ending with figures of 2 for 29.

"We didn't start well with the bat again. Kudos to Pollard. As a team, we talked about progress, we took it to the last over. We knew 140 was below par but the bowlers fought again,” Brathwaite said.

“I'm not sure why the top-order isn't firing. Today, we didn't start well - if the top three play the way they do, we may have to take some decisions, but if they play how we know they play, we can get 180 easily,” he added.

“I, personally, need to perform as skipper. We have had some changes in the squad, so we need to establish ourselves as a unit further. We have seen some restructuring in batting from game to game and we are still searching for our perfect batting."

India completed a Twenty20 series whitewash of West Indies with a dominant seven-wicket victory in the third and final match in Guyana on Tuesday.

The tourists had already clinched the series with a pair of victories at Lauderhill in the United States, and they cruised in their chase of 147 at Providence Stadium.

Kieron Pollard hit six maximums in his 58 to help the Windies recover from 14-3 to 146-6 after Deepak Chahar produced a devastating spell, taking 3-4 in just his second T20 international.

However, that total still proved well short of what was required as captain Virat Kohli (59) and Rishabh Pant (65 not out) combined for a third-wicket partnership of 106 as India reached 150-3 with five balls to spare.

The focus will now shift to a three-match ODI series, in which the Windies will need to start their innings in significantly better fashion after losing three wickets in the first four overs to Chahar.

Sunil Narine hit him to mid on in the second over and Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer were each trapped lbw two overs later.

Pollard put on stands of 66 with Nicholas Pooran and 25 with Rovman Powell, who finished unbeaten on 32 and had to do the bulk of the work at the death after Carlos Brathwaite (10) went to Chahar's cousin and debutant Rahul.

Oshane Thomas claimed the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and Fabian Allen removed KL Rahul as the Windies attempted to defend their score.

Kohli and Pant took the game away from the reigning T20 world champions, though, the captain striking six fours while Pant hit four sixes to wrap up a 3-0 series win in style.

Cricket West Indies selectors have called all-rounder Fabian Allen to replace Khary Pierre for the third and final T20 International against India in Guyana on Tuesday.

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