Gayle downplays role

Talismanic opener Chris Gayle has pushed back on suggestions that his wicket is key to the West Indies fortunes in the one-day international series against New Zealand.

The left-hander has been in superb form with a century and three half-centuries from four innings of the series, as the West Indies have swept the first four games of the limited overs series.

New Zealand felt getting Gayle’s wicket would be crucial to unraveling the West Indies batting, but the Jamaican said the Caribbean side had other capable match-winners.

“When you look at the last home series against Australia, I wasn’t here, other guys got runs — Pollard got a hundred and others did well,” Gayle told reporters. “So far in this series, I have made the most runs, Smithy (Dwayne Smith) got runs and Marlon (Samuels) scored a good hundred in the last game,” he said.

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