Chris Gayle started off what is most likely his last hurrah in West Indies colours in fine style as he crashed a 47-ball century to lead the West Indies to victory over England. England were first of his victims that Gayle made blush as the ICC T20 World Cup kicked off in earnest this week.
The West Indies won the toss and inserted England to bat. However, some ordinary bowling allowed the Poms to post a total of 182 for just the loss of 6 wickets. Andre Russell and famous singer DJ Bravo got two wickets apiece but the spin duo of Benn and Badree were the most economic bowlers for the Windies.
Against most other teams, that total would be a winning one but against a West Indies team packed with power hitters and explosive batsmen it was simply challenging. England did their best by capturing four wickets during the West Indies chase but once Gayle was stil in, there was only one result on offer. Gayle blasted eleven sixes in his innings, surpassing Brendan McCullum as the person with most sixes in T20 Internationals and becoming the first batsman to have two World T20 centuries.
One would now be hard pressed to find a T20 batting record that Chris Gayle does not hold..and the tournament has only just begun.
Dwayne Bravo's ICC T20 Anthem "Champion" has been playing regularly since the tournament start, with Gayle even taking the time to show off the dance after one of his huge sixes. If Gayle continues his form, even with minimal support of the other batsmen, the West Indies could well be describing themselves by tournament's end.