Chris Gayle always manages to steal the spotlight wherever he goes. He is an entertainer both on and off the field. The destructive West Indian opening batsman was recently named in the 15-member squad of West Indies team for the upcoming World Cup in England & Wales. The 'Universe Boss' was very excited to make yet another appearance at the World Cricket's biggest showpiece event. The Jamaican all-rounder who had played his first World Cup way back in 2003 will now be making his fifth appearance at the quadrennial event.
"It is a good feeling. My fifth World Cup so I am happy to be selected and I am looking forward to it", said Gayle.
At the same time, the 'Universe Boss' also believed that West Indies can be one of the contenders to lift this coveted trophy this year.
"Hopefully, this year will be the year we will actually lift the World Cup for West Indies. So looking forward to it and enjoy myself in the UK", he concluded
Gayle had earlier said that he would be retiring from One Day International Cricket after the 2019 World Cup. The hard-hitting Caribbean batsman already has a World Cup record to his name. He hit the fastest double century against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. He got to his double century in just 138 balls. Gayle had scored a 147-ball 215 in that game.
The big man is currently representing Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing edition of IPL. He has had an impressive season so far where he has amassed 444 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 162.04 including four half-centuries.
West Indies will be aiming to win their third World Cup and their first one since 1979. They were the winners of the first two editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979 under the leadership of Clive Lloyd. They had also made it to the final in 1983 but finished as the runners-up. The 'Calypso Boys' had last made it to the semifinals in 1996 under the leadership of Richie Richardson.