Chris Gayle Rethinking About ODI Retirement

Chris Gayle Rethinking About ODI Retirement

Chris Gayle is giving his retirement plan a second thought. Earlier he announced that he would retire from the One Day Internationals right after the World Cup 2019 in England. But his solid performance against England in the ongoing series is making him think otherwise.

Chris Gayle On His Planning

Chris Gayle scored 347 runs in four games at an average of 115.66 and a strike rate of 120.06. He thoroughly enjoyed last innings against England in the fourth ODI of the five-match series where he smashed 162 off 97 balls. His innings included 14 sixes and 11 fours. Post the match Gayle confessed he might rethink the decision to retire from the format. He became overall the 14th batsman and only the second Windies after Brian Lara, to reach the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs.

“I think this is one of the most entertaining games I have ever played in. It was a fantastic game of cricket. I have been playing a lot of T20 cricket so it is always going to be a difficult coming back into 50 over cricket. But eventually, the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format. What is the matter with the body? I am nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We will see. We will take it slowly.”

Gayle added, “I just have to work on the body and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle, maybe. Things change quickly. Hopefully, the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. To get the 10,000 run milestone is a great feeling. I have done it in T20 as well. It is a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb.”

Gayle On Windies Defeat Against England

Despite Gayle’s amazing showing West Indies lost the match to England by 29 runs at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday. Gayle threw light on the same saying,

“We did not utilize that new ball well. If we had we would have been chasing 380. I am sure the team is disappointed. I can see the expression on their faces. It is a learning process for the young players. If they do things differently they could have won. So it is good to see that body language when you lose. When that situation comes again I am sure it will be totally different.”

West Indies is currently 1-2 down in the series. Their foremost target would be to level the series in the fifth and final ODI on March 2 in St Lucia. Chris Gayle’s such announcement will boost the morale of the Caribbeans for sure.

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Rohit Sharma: Most Memorable ODI knocks

Rohit Sharma to lead as Virat Kohli will be rested for the last two ODIs

Rohit Sharma is a huge asset for the Indian cricket team, for his ability to provide the team with some quickfire runs at the top. He is a dependable and strong character, and the team can always expect to bank on him. 

His innings’ have always left a powerful memory on his fans. Along with Indian captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has been the mainstay of the Indian batting line-up.

The batsman has always been a treat to watch and his ascension to being an opener has always been the greatest decision of his cricketing career. His batting completely transformed, and he became indispensable, mesmerizing fans continuously. Here are a few of his most memorable knocks.

264 (173) vs Sri Lanka

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Rohit Sharma had the Sri Lankan fielders transfixed in their place as if they were statues during this innings. Hitting runs like they were a walk in the park, Sharma smashed everything that came his way as he scripted the highest ODI total at his favorite hunting ground, Eden Gardens. This was a match that is still engraved in the mind of every cricket lover, and till date, his amazing record has been unbroken.

209 (158) vs Australia

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This was Sharma’s first double hundred, and that too against a formidable opponent like Australia. Smashing 12 fours and 16 sixes, the batsman left the Chinnaswamy stadium spellbound, whether it be the spectators, the umpires, or the players themselves. He also secured the record of hitting the most number of sixes in an innings. Due to him, India achieved 383 runs, and consequently, went on to win the match.

171 (163) vs Australia

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Beating the Australians on their own turf is next to impossible. However, Rohit Sharma has never paid any heed to the regulations of the game. Smashing the Australians in style, he scored an unbeaten 171 off 163 balls, with 13 fours and 7 sixes. He ended on an unbeaten 171*, beating the score of the legendary Viv Richards of 153* in 1979. Unfortunately, his efforts could not help India achieve victory in the match.

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137 (114) vs England

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As with Australia, England too are considered tough to beat at their own grounds. However, Sharma scored 137* off 114 balls with ease, helping India achieve the target of 269 runs with 59 balls to spare. He scored 15 fours and 4 sixes, playing with elegance and sophistication. His innings helped India achieve an easy victory as he once again showed his importance in the Indian line-up.

137 (126) vs Bangladesh

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This innings of Rohit Sharma is especially memorable, as it came during the quarterfinals of the World Cup of 2015, held in Australia and New Zealand. The batsman scored 137 runs off 126 balls, in a wonderful inning studded with 14 fours and 3 sixes. This knock also helped India beat Bangladesh in the quarterfinals, helping them step into the semi-finals with ease. Sharma’s innings was instrumental in helping India achieve a huge total of 309 runs, which Bangladesh could not overcome by a long haul, as they were bundled out for a paltry 194 runs by the equally amazing bowlers of the Indian cricket team.

Kane Richardson ruled out of the squad; Andrew Tye named his replacement

Kane Richardson ruled out of the squad; Andrew Tye named his replacement

Australian pace bowler Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the squad from their on-going series against India due to injury. Andrew Tye has been named his replacement in the squad. 

Richardson got a side injury while batting in the nets prior to the first T20I against India. Australian team’s physiotherapist David Beakley, however, explained Richardson’s injury and said that he wouldn’t be a part of the squad for the rest of the series.

“Kane reported some left side pain at training prior to the opening T20I in Vizag. Unfortunately, he has not recovered well enough in order to play a further part in the tour,” Beakley said. “Kane will return home to continue his rehabilitation, and we monitor his progress over the coming weeks,” he further added.

Though Richardson came to practice in nets before the second and final T20I game, struggled to bowl with the injury and after a few deliveries, he left the nets.

After a long gap, Richardson made his return in the international circuit. He has last played in T20I and ODI against England in June 2018. He was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Big Bash League ahead of the India tour.

However, his injury made the way for Andrew Tye in the squad; who had a good season in the Big Bash League. He took 17 wickets in 14 games for the Perth Scorchers. He was a part of the T20I squad when India toured Australia last year. His last played ODI against England in June 2018 and T20I against India in November 2018.

Meanwhile, Australia won the two-match T20I series by 2-0 and won their first T20I series against India. Both the team will lock horns for the five-match One Day International (ODI) matches; which is scheduled to start from March 2 in Hyderabad.

After the T20I series win, it will be interesting to see whether Australia could keep their winning momentum on in the ODI series or India bounce back!

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Jayasuriya banned for Two-Year by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit

Jayasuriya banned for Two-Year by the ICC's anti-corruption unit

Former Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya banned for two years from cricket by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. 

Jayasuriya was punished by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after refusing to co-operate with the investigations by “destroying” the phones which were the evidence.

“As a result of the admissions, he has accepted a sanction of a two-year period of ineligibility,” the ICC stated.

However, Jayasuriya admitted his offense in a statement on Twitter, said the ban had taken its effect from October 15, 2018. He wasn’t given the maximum punishment of five years because of his “previous good conduct”.

According to the article 2.4.7, it stated, “the charges included refusal to co-operate with an ACU investigation, obstructing or delaying the investigation including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information which may be relevant.”

The renowned left-handed batsman and the orthodox spinner was an important player of the Sri Lanka team. The 49-year-old had played nearly 600 International matches in his 22-year long cricketing career. Later he served two terms as the chairman of selectors. He was adjudged the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award during Sri Lanka’s victorious World Cup campaign in 1996. 

“It is unfortunate that even though I provided the ICC ACU with all the information as demanded by the officials the ICC ACU thought it fit to charge me under the Code although there were no allegations of corruption, betting or misuse of inside information,” Jayasuriya said in the statement after ICC took the decision.

He was questioned as part of the ICC’s investigation regarding the corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.

ICC General Manager ACU, Alex Marshall, however, said, “This conviction under the Code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket co-operating with investigations. Compelling participants to cooperate under the Code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport.”

As per the investigation by the ICC, the former player was asked to hand over his mobile phones after ACU GM Alex Marshall expressed that the information which was on his mobile devices during the period between January 1, 2017, to 22 September 2017 “might be relevant to the investigation.” He also said to the ACU team to “demand” the two mobile devices, belongs to Jayasuriya.

Meanwhile, the ICC ACU unit has already investigated Jayasuriya on September 22, 23 and October 5 in 2017. As per the report, the ACU team had specifically asked the former player to all the details of his phone and on the first day of investigation he informed that he had two mobile phones.

But on the very next day on September 23, 2017, he changed his statement and said that he had two more mobile phones which got lost between May 15 to 23/24, in the same year. The last digits of those two numbers were ‘888’ and ‘088’ and they were not in use.

However, the investigators called upon the numbers which have the last digits of ‘888’ and the phone rang but on the second time, there was an automated response of the call.

Later, on October 5, Jayasuriya further stated that he had to destroy the earlier phone after a private video went viral and he was “under stress”. But his lawyer said that it was the player’s driver who retrieved the sim card and used it in another phone. Later he gave it to Jayasuriya, who then used the earlier sim which has the last digit of ‘888’ to check text messages.

By the time, the ACU unit arranged the proof that between March 15, 2017, and September 14, 2017, there were hundreds of calls and text messages recorded on that number which proved that the statement which Jayasuriya gave, was wrong. Later, when his lawyer admitted that the former player had misled the ICC officials in their investigation, he was charged with the sections 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 respectively.

While talking about why he admitted to the charges claimed by the ICC, he said, “I accepted the charges for the greater good and to protect the integrity of cricket.”

“I have always put country first and the cricket loving public are the best witnesses to this aspect. I profusely thank the public of Sri Lanka and my fans for having stood by me during this difficult period,” he further added.

However, the ACU recently granted an official pardon to 11 players and other participants with new information.

“The amnesty has worked very well and has delivered significant new and important intelligence,” Marshall said. “I am very grateful to those who participated in the amnesty and as a result of the information shared we now have a much clearer picture of the situation in Sri Lanka and our investigations are continuing.”

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World Cup 2019: How England shape up

World Cup 2019: How England shape up

July 24th, 2019. It is the date when the inventors of the game of cricket will host the coveted World Cup Final at the most hallowed ground of the game, Lords. 

Currently ranked number 1 in ODIs, the English team have age, expertise, and rankings on their side. But how will the side fare in the World Cup 2019?

Home Advantage

World Cup 2019: How England shape up
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One of the biggest advantages that English teams have enjoyed over the years is that they are constantly encouraged to overlook past failures, and only focus on what is to come. The English cricket team is young and bursting with energy, and this will be a huge plus point for them. The summer of 2005 when the Ashes was staged proved that cricket can truly hypnotize the nation. Organizers are expected that with widespread and clever advertising techniques, revenue will be at an all-time high. In addition to this, playing at home in front of a well-educated crowd will always work in their favor, and England will be expected to cash in on it in the World Cup 2019.

Opening Partnership

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With openers Jason Roy and Bairstow, England have nothing to worry about. They form the perfect team, complementing each other successfully while playing long innings. The pair has been responsible for handing the English team with many match-winning opening stands, including a double hundred together. Due to their pairing, the English team has changed their playing tactic. From a policy of holding back and playing calmly, England now follows the route of controlled aggression, which was on full display against West Indies recently, when they chased down 360.

The Captain

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Eoin Morgan buckled under the pressures of the previous management, but Andrew Strauss’ decision to retain him for World Cup 2019 was probably the best ideas in a long time. His team respects his decisions, and he understands which bowler to play, depending on the field conditions. However, the only source of worry for the team is Morgan’s own form. Averaging at 25 the past year, playing at number 4, his future seems shaky. However, he is still more than capable of an attack if England starts strongly. Though inconsistency is an issue with him, Morgan rises to the occasion when need be, like he did against Windies in the first ODI.

The Attack

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Liam Plunkett will be tucking up the bowlers in the middle overs, assisted by Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. England has an ace up their sleeve in the form of Adil Rashid, who can easily be used to null runs and snatch up wickets in the midst of the tournament. However, what England desperately lacks is a bowler like Sunil Narine, who can keep the opposition on their toes at all times. The bowling attack is their biggest worry though, with the pacers often going for a lot of runs throughout the innings. With no variety in the attack and with small grounds, England have struggled to curb runs and have easily allowed opponents to score 300+ runs, which will be a major worry in the tourney.

Also Read: India will not play Pakistan in World Cup 2019 if the Government Feels So

The Batting

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England has two very mature players in their team, in the form of Jos Buttler and Joe Root. These players have proven, time and again, that they can be depended on to salvage the lower order. Buttler has learned on how to play on more than one way, modeling his on-field mannerisms on MS Dhoni, possibly the coolest player of the game. Furthermore, Alex Hales can mold himself into any batting situation as well, and it is safe to say that the batting unit is one of the most settled ones among all teams that will play the World Cup.

England has a strong team this year, with players who understand the game, who do not stick to their conventional methods of gameplay, and who can model themselves to play on any surface. These requisites are of utmost importance, especially for a home team looking to redeem themselves and clinch the World Cup 2019, and make themselves a team to reckon with, yet again. England does suffer on slow pitches, but if recent matches are anything to go by, England is slowly becoming a master and they would hope to clinch their maiden title this year.

Chris Gayle hits the most sixes in international cricket

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Cricket is not just a game of sixes and fours, for we have seen players like Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Yousuf, Ricky Ponting, and Rahul Dravid bat with sheer class and technique and steal the game away from the opponents. 

However, the sport is known for accommodating multi-faceted stars, and players who can hit crucial sixes at will are important as well.

Players like Virender Sehwag and Sanath Jayasuriya instill fear in the rival camps even before they have stepped out on the field because they have the ability to take the game away in just a few overs. By brute force, these cricketers have ensured many memorable wins for their respective sides.

Recently, Chris Gayle became the cricketer with the most international sixes in his whirlwind knock of 135 against England. He beat Shahid Afridi’s record of 476 international sixes and is now perched at numero uno with 477 maximums.

Here are the 5 batsmen with most sixes across all formats in international cricket.

Chris Gayle

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The first player that comes to mind when we talk about six hitting abilities is West Indian great Chris Gayle. The Jamaican is one of the most brutal smashers of the ball, and there is hardly any bowler to can stop the Universal Boss when he is in full form.

Gayle’s still head position, his high backlift, and his core muscle help him power through, delighting spectators with his strokeplay and his belligerence. The player has announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup this year, and one hopes that he can accumulate more hits to the fence till then.

Shahid Afridi

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The Pakistani was one of the most clinical hitters of the ball in his heydays. His six-hitting abilities drew many spectators into the ground and he earned the nickname ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ due to his huge sixes in the death overs.

The Karachi star played some blinders down the order to helped Pakistan chase down some memorable targets. His powerful forearms that easily lofted balls overs deep-cover or mid-wicket made him a threat and his 476 sixes across formats is a testimony of how lethal he was.

Brendon McCullum

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McCullum was one of the most dangerous players for his country. His good hand-eye coordination and his footwork ensured that more often than not, he got New Zealand off to a tremendous start.

The dazzling player would charge down the track and relish in hitting the quicks for big sixes across the ground. He was a good puller and cutter of the ball, which ensured that he smashed some eye-pleasing strokes square of the wicket.

McCullum ended his international career with 398 sixes.

Sanath Jayasuriya

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One of the most dangerous openers in cricket, Jayasuriya was known for his six-hitting abilities at the top of the order. Blessed with great hand-eye coordination, the Sri Lankan could reduce the threat of the bowlers by dispatching them all across the ground with disdain.

He was a good player of the cut and pull shots, and used his muscular forearms to derive power. He made hitting sixes look so very easy, and made a name for himself as one of the most destructive players to have graced the field.

Jayasuriya ended with 352 international sixes.

MS Dhoni

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Though Dhoni’s six-hitting abilities have drastically reduced, on his day, he was the most dangerous player, especially in the death overs. He has single-handedly won India many tight games and his power ensured that no bowler heaved in relief till they had his back.

A bottom heavy player, Dhoni used the immense strength of his wrists to hit low and flat sixes. His bat swing was next to none and his knowledge of when to accelerate and take the game into the next-mode is what set Dhoni apart. The former Indian captain has 342 international sixes to his name and would hope to end his career with a few more.

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Ross Taylor reaches new milestones to surpass Stephen Fleming

Ross Taylor reaches new milestones to surpass Stephen Fleming


Ross Taylor is now the highest run-getter amongst the Kiwis in the 50-over format.

He surpassed former captain Stephen Fleming’s record to do so.

Taylor is also the fourth fastest to the 8000 runs mark. 

Today as New Zealand pulled off another comfortable win against Bangladesh, Ross Taylor reached new career milestones. The hosts have secured a smooth 3-0 whitewash over the Bangla Tigers despite Sabbir Rahman’s hundred scored under pressure. Tim Southee’s six-wicket haul today, at Dunedin, has made a refreshing effect on his career that was starting to wither away. New Zealand’s leading limited-overs batsman, Ross Taylor now tops the list of most career runs scored by a Kiwi in the ODI format. With 8026 runs to his name, he went past former captain Stephen Fleming’s previous New Zealand record of 8007 runs.

In the process, Taylor also reached his 47th ODI fifty before eventually getting dismissed for 69, pacing his team to a final score of 330/6. In response to the hosts, Bangladesh could only post a total of 242, with Tim Southee taking 6/65 with the ball in a man-of-the-match performance. Despite Sabbir Rahman heroics, Bangladesh faced another heavy defeat leading to a whitewash in the ODI series. Rahman scored 102 off 110 before falling to Tim Southee in the 48th over. Southee won the Man of the match award for his 6 for 65.

Speaking of records, Taylor not only surpassed fleming’s record but also became the fourth fastest to reach the 8000-run-mark after Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Sourav Ganguly. The 34-year-old veteran batsman, who made his ODI debut in 2006 reached this new milestone in 203 innings with an excellent average of 48.34.

“I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey’s years ago,” he said. “If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it’s nice to set the bar for the next guy. I’m still enjoying myself and hopefully, I’ve still got a few years in me.”

Taylor said that he knew he was close to the milestone at the start of the day. He further said it was nice to get to 8000 runs and that he received a lovely reception that very humbling from the Dunedin crowd. Taylor brought up the milestone with a single to fine leg off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan’s over, having reached his 47th half-century three balls earlier. Stephen Fleming congratulated him on Twitter. 

Ross Taylor has been a force since the last part of 2016. To be more precise, since Taylor got his eye surgery done, he has become unstoppable. He’s only second to Virat Kohli since the conclusion of the World Cup 2015. Since the Champions Trophy 2017, he has the second-best batting average, a gigantic 81.05, in ODIs. Taylor already holds the record for the most ODI hundreds by a New Zealand batsman (20) – four more than team-mate and close friend Martin Guptill and the retired Nathan Astle. 

With the main event, the World Cup 2019, closing in Taylor would want to pump up his game. The challenges would be bigger in England and this time New Zealand would be relying more on Rosco than Martin Guptill, who was the overall highest run-scorer in World Cup 2015. New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in their first World Cup game, on June 1. Taylor would be able to polish his batting with the aid of Plunkett Shield by then. Like the Blackcaps rely on Kane Williamson in the longest format, Ross Taylor is the prime batsman in ODIs.

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World Cup 2019: India will not play Pakistan if the Government feels so – BCCI Official

India will not play Pakistan in World Cup if the Government feels so - BCCI Official

Pulwama terror attack has started showing its effect on the 22yards as well. A top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday informed that the World Cup match between India and Pakistan will be canceled if the Indian government is against it.

The Backstory

Around 40 soldiers were martyred followed by a terror attack on February 14 in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A CRPF convoy moving from Jammu to Srinagar was attacked by a suicide bomber which resulted in this massive tragedy. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. Expectedly supports for soldiers are pouring from each corner of the country. Even the cricket circuit isn’t far behind. India and Pakistan are already famous arch rivals of world cricket. Now the situation has become serious followed by the horrifying incident.

With the World Cup scheduled in a few months time, BCCI official has come forward to announce that the organization will give preference to the Government decision. Indian cricket team will not face Pakistan in the mega tournament if the Government says so. This means Pakistan will get the points without even participating in the match.

BCCI Official On World Cup Match

For BCCI in the current situation, the country comes first. The official, further clarified by the official that the Indian board has not approached the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the matter yet.

“The situation with regard to the World Cup can only become clear after some time that is a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government, at that point of time, feels that we should not play then we should not play. It is obvious that we won’t play but the result for that would be that Pakistan will get the points for the match and if it is the final match then without playing, Pakistan will win the cup,” the BCCI official told ANI. “As of now we have not approached the ICC in this regard,” the official mentioned.

Meanwhile, ICC will hold a meeting in Dubai from February 27. Chances are that this matter related to India-Pakistan world cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines. BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri and secretary Amitabh Chaudhry are expected to represent the Indian board in the meeting.

ICC Chief On India-Pakistan

ICC chief executive officer David Richardson has already informed that ICC is monitoring the situation between the two cricket boards. Furthermore, he clarified that the council has not received any indication of the World Cup matches not being played between India and Pakistan.

“Our thoughts are with the people that were impacted by the incident. And we are monitoring the situation with our members including the BCCI and PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board). Certainly, there are no indications any of the matches, including the Pakistan-India match, will not be played as planned at the World Cup. But as I say we will continue to monitor the situation,” David told ESPNcricinfo.

David Richardson although he believes cricket can work in a better way in this situation.

“Sport, and cricket, in particular, is perfectly placed – it has the wonderful ability to bring people together to unite communities. And hopefully, cricket can be used in this fashion rather than a way of [dividing] people.”

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Akila Dananjaya returns to the ODI squad

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International Cricket Council (ICC) has lifted the ban on Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya on Monday (February 18) and he has returned to the ODI squad for the South Africa series. He was suspected over a bowling action during their first Test against England in Sri Lanka last November. 

Dananjaya has remodeled bowling action which was analyzed in Chennai on February 2. However, ICC has issued the statement which read that “the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the allowed 15-degree level of tolerance.”

Though match officials still can report Akila Dananjaya if they found any suspicious action in his bowling and the umpires and the match officials will be provided with images and video footage of Danajaya’s remodeled legal bowling action.

“Match Officials are still at liberty to report Dananjaya if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the assessment,” the ICC media release stated.

Dananjaya was suspected for his bowling action during the first Test of the England series in Galle in November, where England won the series by 3-0. However, Dananjaya was banned after the independent assessment of his bowling action in Brisbane on November 23, last year which disclosed that his deliveries surpassed the 15-degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Akila Dananjaya has played five Tests, thirty One Day Internationals and sixteen Twenty20 International matches so far since his debut where he bagged 27, 46 and 14 wickets respectively. He has played 45 First-Class matches, 69 List A matches, and 58 T20 matches and picked up 147, 84 and 65 wickets respectively.

He has quite an impressive bowling figure in his name. He took six wickets in his nine overs spell during their match against South Africa on August 12, 2018. This is by far his best bowling figure in ODI. His best bowling in Tests came against England last year where he scalped six wickets for the losing cause of his side.

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Gayle’s belligerence made him an ODI enigma

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Chris Gayle – “You’re looking at a great man. I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course, I’m still the Universe Boss. That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave.”

Chris Gayle’s confidence and his flair that has oozed out every time the West Indian has taken the field will be on display a final time in ODIs at the World Cup that is scheduled to be held in England this year. The player, who is returning to the ODI fold for the series against Bangladesh will play his final ODI when the team’s campaign at the tourney comes to an end. At 39 years of age, Gayle has defined and redefined aggression, flamboyance, and chutzpah that has managed to instill fear in all bowling rivals across the globe.

Just 273 runs away from becoming the second Caribbean star to achieve the 10,000-run mark feat in ODIs, Gayle has acquired a reputation for being one of the most dangerous big-hitters in the cricketing world. He was the first ever player to score a hundred in T20Is – against South Africa in the T20I World Cup in 2007 – and his approach in ODIs has just been an extension of this mindset in T20s. His massive success in the format has been built around power and belligerence, which has obscured the beauty in Gayle’s batting.

The giant-of-a-man scores runs at such a ferocious pace that for most parts of his career, it has been assumed that Gayle bats without much technical nuance. His double century in the format in the World Cup four years earlier had been attributed to attritional hitting, but his flick of the wrists will display how he has a high degree of finesse too. Of course, Gayle has never been known for his footwork or his fitness, but his ODI career that has spanned 284 innings was a treat to witness because of his sheer power.

Also read: Gayle Back In Windies ODI Squad

The strength of his forearms or his shoulders makes Gayle a blithe of spirit, comparable to the force that players like Walcott, Lloyd, Richards or Greenidge possessed. His inability to strike fear by his nonchalant gait and his self-confidence – very rarely would a player give himself a nickname, as Gayle has done – makes him a real enigma in modern cricket. However, his inconsistency in the ODI format, along with his absence from the national team due to the recent turmoils with the WICB has managed to take away the sheen off Gayle, even if a wee bit.

The player has batted with an average of only 37.12 and with a strike-rate of 85.82, which are numbers that in no way do justice to the great man’s talent. However, as he prepares to walk away from the ODI format, his legion will hope that Gayle can sustain his form for one last time for his national team. Though the player has made his intention clear of playing in the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, he will be 41 by then, and with the Windies team having a new-look side in their ranks, Gayle’s selection in the event is not guaranteed either.

Hence, it might just well be that Gayle will walk out for his nation a final time this World Cup, and perchance he is able to inspire his team to a memorable showing, he could well be bidding adieu by reshaping the cricketing future of West Indies.