Gayle could miss India encounter

Chris Gayle, who became only the fourth batsman to score an ODI double hundred in the match against Zimbabwe, remains doubtful for India match with a suspected back problem.


The left-hander, though a big presence during West Indies’ practice on Tuesday, stayed away from taking part in any activity. He hadn’t trained on Monday as well during team’s optional session. He walked gingerly, attended an interview with the host broadcasters and was patient listener as Chief of Selector Clive Lloyd held about a 30-minute discussion with the opener.

Darren Sammy, however, tried to play down Gayle’s injury. “Chris Gayle’s back has been the same for the last three years but he continues to turn up and perform for us,” he stressed. “He is a senior player and once he is fit and he believes he could make it, he will turn up and give his all for the team. As far as I know everybody is fit. We have got a few more practice days before the match and what I know from what I know is that we have a full squad to choose from.”


Meanwhile, India held their first practice session after their win over the UAE on Saturday. As usual, India opted for a centre-wicket practice where the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had a bowl while Mohammad Shami, who was rested for the UAE game due to a knee injury, took it easy.

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