Gayle gives Caribbean people 333 reasons to smile

Chris Gayle celebrates his 300. * WindiesCricket.com photo

Galle, Sri Lanka – Chris Gayle has given the people of the Caribbean and cricket lovers all over the world 333 reasons to smile. The powerful left-hander made a monumental triple-century as the West Indies amassed 580-9 declared on Day 2 of the 1st ERI Test match. Sri Lankan reached 54-1 in reply at the Galle International Stadium when bad light broad an early close.

Speaking after the day’s play, Gayle flashed his trademark cheerful, big, broad smile and said he was pleased that his knock helped to put the Windies in a strong position and also bring joy to the supporters.

“I am smiling because I know the people of the West Indies are smiling. I am happy that by my batting I can bring happiness to the people and give them something to cheer about. People back home are following the cricket very closely and it is good that they can start the day with some good news,” Gayle said. “A lot of people have been sending me congrats and I want to thank them for their support, not just for me, but for the team as well.”

It was:

·         the second triple century of Gayle’s career following the 317 he made against South Africa in Antigua five years ago

·         the highest score by a West Indian outside the Caribbean, beating Sir Viv Richards’ 291 in England in 1976

·         the highest score against Sri Lanka bettering Younis Khan’s 313

·         the highest score at Galle, surpassing 237 made by Mahela Jayawardene

·         the highest by a West Indian against Sri Lanka surpassing Brian Lara’s 221

Further Gayle is now the fourth batsman in the history of Test cricket to score two triples. The others are: Lara (400 not out and 375), Sir Don Bradman (334 and 304) and Virender Sehwag (319 and 309).

Gayle is one of four West Indians who have made triple-centuries. The other three are Lara, Sir Garfield Sobers (365 not out) and Lawrence Rowe (302).

Gayle hit nine sixes – the most by a West Indian in a Test innings – and 29 fours. He faced 437 balls and was at the crease for close to 11 hours.

“It was not easy. It was hard work out there but I enjoyed it. 333… I’m very happy to achieve another major milestone. I want to say thanks to the guys who supported me and batted so well alongside me. At one stage the bat started to get quite heavy in my hand but the others were telling me just to carry on, stay out there, and get as many as I could.”

During the innings Gayle featured in three century partnerships. He added 110 for the first wicket with Adrian Barath (50); a record 196 for the second wicket with Darren Bravo (58 on debut); and 167 for the fourth wicket with Brendan Nash (64).

“The conditions here are not easy to bat in with the heat and that takes a lot out of you. I was working hard even before I got here at the camp in Barbados and even when I was with the Jamaica team before we entered the camp. I have been working extremely hard and I got some reward here today.”

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17 Comments

  1. monica lavinier
    November 17, 2010

    congratulation chris gayle n the west indies team… i’m smiling also…keep thriving guys

  2. sensible Dominican
    November 17, 2010

    Excellent Job Gayle, Keep smiling

  3. mwen meme
    November 17, 2010

    The captaincy of the W.I. cricket team just was not your calling. Too much stress hindered your performance. Now you have the time and opportunity to focus on yourself and becoming an even better cricketer. Hats off to you Chris Gayle. Many criticized when you was now. Now you have done the Caribbean proud. I believe in giving credit when credit is due so again my dear….hats off to you!

  4. sweetness 27
    November 17, 2010

    congrats god job keep it up

  5. TR
    November 16, 2010

    Great! Chris Gayle you did it this time! We can smile for this indeed.

  6. MR. ALLAN
    November 16, 2010

    congrats my boy very good

  7. Azu AzuwAy Shou SHOT JAUN SORT
    November 16, 2010

    GAYLE DO U HAVE A FEELING OF PLAYING TEST CRICKET?

  8. a smiling West Indian
    November 16, 2010

    congrats gayle and the windies team.
    continue working hard to bring cricket back to where it was.
    all the best guys

  9. Channel 1
    November 16, 2010

    When the West Indies cricket team does well, it certainly makes the people of the Caribbean very happy.

  10. hmm
    November 16, 2010

    Thanks for giving us something to smile about.

  11. Way Way
    November 16, 2010

    I am not too much a cricket fanatic, but always admires Chris Gayle. Hearts off to you my boy, and keep on thriving for higer heights. Congratulations too, to the West Indies Team

  12. mouth of the south
    November 16, 2010

    gayle should of gone until he could pass lara’s record,,,,see how quick lara would of come out of retirement lol,,,,congrats gayle for reaching a milestone placing urself in good cricket company,,,,ur name will be mentioned among the giants of the game

  13. mowse
    November 16, 2010

    Gale should have done a lol jig like late umpire David Shepard. Its the nelson that got him lol

  14. pea brain
    November 16, 2010

    333 good knock i must say … i smiling too lol

  15. LoveGrandbay
    November 16, 2010

    cool

  16. texas boy
    November 16, 2010

    Awesome awesome awesome!!!!!!!!

  17. babygirl
    November 16, 2010

    love u chris gayle congrats west indian we can do it

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