Winning the World Cup is Gayle's only objective

By May 21, 2019

West Indies vice-captain Chris Gayle said his only focus is trying to win the World Cup, as he has nothing to prove.

The experienced 39-year-old said he is eagerly looking forward to the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. West Indies are presently in Southampton as part of preparations for the tournament.

Gayle said his vision is clear and the team is eager to go.

“There is nothing to prove, the only thing now is to win the World Cup,” said Gayle who will be playing in his fifth World Cup.

“That’s the goal for me … want us to play well here in England, bring those smiles to the faces of our fans and lift the trophy at Lord’s. This is the ‘big stage event’ and everyone is looking forward to it. All the guys have been putting in the work. We will be ready to start against Pakistan.”

The West Indies play their opening match is on May 31 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Gayle started the year well in the ODI format with scores of 135, 50, 162 and 77 against England during the home series in the West Indies. His heroics earned him the Man-of-the-Series award and helped the home side draw the series 2-2.

Overall, the self-styled ‘Universe Boss’ has played 289 matches with 10,151 runs (average 38.16) including a West Indies record 25 centuries and 51 half centuries. His career-best score is 215 made against Zimbabwe at the Cricket World Cup in 2015. It is the highest score by a West Indian in this format.

After opening against Pakistan on May 31, the West Indies will next take on Australia in Nottingham on June 6. The action moves to Southampton on June 10 when they play South Africa.

England comes next on June 14 also at Southampton.

The West Indies will be hoping for a change of recent fortune when they play Bangladesh on June 17 at Taunton before they travel to Manchester to play New Zealand on June 22. They take on India next at the same venue on June 27.

The Caribbean side gets into action again on July 1 at Chester-Le-Street on July 1 and then take on Afghanistan three days later at Leeds, their final match in the preliminary round.

The semi-finals are set for July 9 and 11 at Manchester and Birmingham, respectively with the finals scheduled for July 14 at Lords.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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