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What a knock. Wow. Left me breathless towards the end. It was too much. Overkill, but amazing. I am so glad that I can watch the World Cup on my TV and that I subscribed to the ESPN package. Just this innings was worth every cent of the subscription.
I have never, alas, seen Chris Gayle in the flesh BUT I have seen hours and hours of him on TV. I have seen his 333 against Sri Lanka, in Galle, twice, maybe thrice.
I do not think this was Chris at his most fluent but he sure did smack that ball with the railway sleeper he calls a bat. Very big, powerful man.
Chris was lucky, very lucky. He was OUT, LBW, to the first ball he faced. Hawk-Eye was WRONG. Poorly calibrated. That ball from Panyangara was hitting middle stump, 2/3rd of the way up.
But, he rode his luck. I am glad for Chris and I am glad for MY West Indies — though of late I do have a softspot for Zimbabwe. I really felt bad for them. They didn’t deserve that thrashing.
But it was fun.
I have only had the ESPN World Cup package since Sunday, February 22nd, BUT I have already watched 4 complete matches, albeit in 1 hour highlight form: WI v. Pak, NZ. v. SL, SA vs. ZM & WI v. ZM. So much more to watch. I am trying to catch 2 a day.
This was good. Made me happy. It was good cricket. Wonderful hitting.
Am I the ONLY one who was reminded of Larry Gomes in terms of the sober, second fiddle innings played by Marlon Samuels. That was quite the knock too.
I was at Lord’s, in person, in 1979 for the World Cup Final and saw, mesmerized, Collis King bludgeon 86 from 66 balls. That was amazing. Gayle was even more amazing.