KOCHI, India – West Indies’ hopes of rebounding in the One-Day series against India suffered a massive blow today when batting superstar Chris Gayle was ruled out of the remainder of the tour with injury.
The big-hitting left-hander suffered a hamstring tear in his left leg during the first One-Day International, and skipper Dwayne Bravo confirmed after the game that the opener would play no further part in the series.
A dejected looking Bravo told a media conference it was the “worst” thing to happen to them.
“Losing Chris is the worst to happen to us on the tour. He is our best player. He is no longer available for the series and that is a big blow for us,” Bravo lamented.
“Psychologically, also it is not good for us. Before we landed in India, we lost Kieran Pollard and now we lost Chris and they are two of our best players.
Gayle suffered the injury in the first over of the match, when he made a desperate but vain dive to save himself from being a run out. He was later carried out of the ground
on a stretcher.
His dismissal off the second ball of the game set the tone for the Windies innings and they laboured to a meagre 211 all out off 48.5 overs.
Darren Bravo top scored with 59 off 77 balls while opener Johnson Charles hammered 42 from 34 deliveries, but the Windies were undermined by three-wicket hauls from spinners Suresh Raina (3-34) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-37).
Virat Kohli (84) and Rohit Sharma (72) hit sparkling
half-centuries as India hardly ruffled a feather in coasting
to a six-wicket victory at the Nehru Stadium.
Captain Bravo told reporters his team’s total would have always proved difficult to defend on a good pitch.
“The pitch is the same for both the teams. I think we lost the momentum. The India bowlers are good and they have applied themselves well. 211 was not a good enough total for a team to win an ODI. Our batters did not perform to our expectations. We have to work on our batting,” Bravo said.
“I thought we were about 40 runs short. We had a good start even though we lost our star batsman Chris Gayle early. Johnson Charles and [Marlon] Samuels put up a good stand. We were on our target but we lost wickets and could manage only 211.”
Bravo, however, praised his seamers who he said gave a top effort but conceded that India’s batsmen were perhaps just too good on the day.
“I think our bowlers did very well even though some of them were not at their best. But [Ravi] Rampaul and [Jason] Holder bowled very well and gave their hundred per cent in their second spell,” he noted.
“Both Rohit and Virat are in good form and in good touch. They played very well today and everything was going in their way. They are world class players. They know the conditions better than us.”
West Indies will face India again in the second
ODI on Sunday at the Reddy Stadium