Gayle Ready For 'Special' 250th One-Day International
Chris Gayle will play his 250th One-Day International when the West Indies take on Pakistan in the first match in their five-match series in Guyana.
Gayle made his debut back in 1999 against India and he says Sunday's match against Pakistan will be a special one for him.
Although the match is his 250th, it will be his 247th for the West Indies as his tally includes three matches for the ICC World XI.
Nevertheless, there will be plenty of home support to cheer him on as ticket sales of 85 percent have been confirmed as Guyana returns to host international cricket for the first time since 2011.
"To get 250 ODIs is always good. It will be a special match for me. It took a lot of years, but my service for West Indies has been good and I am glad to serve my country on so many occasions," Gayle said.
"Anything is possible. I would love to get a century...that would be something truly special. I remember my 100th ODI, I did get a century, so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and I would like to get a win for the West Indies team and the fans here in Guyana as well.
"In Guyana we are always sure we will get the support from the fans. We expect a full stadium and they have always offered tremendous support and we want to give them a lot to cheer about."
He will become the third West Indian, following in the footsteps of Brian Lara (299) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (268) to reach the milestone and he has scored more ODI centuries (21) than any other West Indian.
Although the West Indies failed to reach the final of the recent Celkon Mobile ODI Cup that they hosted, they beat Pakistan by two wickets in the Champions Trophy and Gayle is hoping that that result can inspire his team to a strong performance.
"This is a fresh series for us and we will look to make a winning start. Pakistan have one of the best bowling attack, but we beat them in the Champions Trophy last month and we will take confidence from that.
"We will look to get a kick start. We know the home conditions well and will look to use it to our advantage," he added.
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