India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Kochi November 21, 2013

Injured Gayle could miss remaining ODIs

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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle could be out of action for up to four weeks, after suffering a hamstring pull during the first ODI against India in Kochi. Gayle is likely to miss the remaining two ODIs and the start of the New Zealand tour immediately after this series.

Gayle suffered the injury when he was run-out for zero off the second ball of the innings. Gayle failed to beat the direct hit from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and tumbled awkwardly, landing on his knee. He was in pain and had to carried off the field on a stretcher.

Gayle was initially treated at the ground by the orthopedic surgeon Dr Bipin Theruvil, before he was admitted to hospital. An MRI scan found that there was a "hamstring tear on his left leg and small blood clot around".

"The injuries will take at least two to four weeks to heal," Dr Theruvil told PTI.

The Test series in New Zealand begins on December 3 in Dunedin.

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  • POSTED BY LifeWithBoundaries on | November 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    That was suicidal from Gayle. I was hoping to see him perform, in fact the whole is waiting for him to perform and he has not helped himself for a while now. We are worried about Gayle not being available for the rest of the tour and even the first half or the entire NZ tour. But I see more issues with Gayle and WI team in general than these "minor" injuries. I have waited around two decades for WI to regain the glory. Are they all out on that endeavor? Somebody please say - NO, because I have a tiny ray of hope but what I am witnessing is not helping that cause. I am frustrated, disappointed and infuriated!

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Were there two retirements..Tendulkar and Gayle? What a difference in send offs. Thank you both for the memories.

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | November 22, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    An editorial in the TT Express caught my eye. Essentially, it argues that WI should revolutionize and go young. I support this; however I have a minor change. I think Powell should be given the captaincy over Edwards based on communication skills. I strongly oppose Ramdin (Talk nah Viv) as vice-captain. Ramdin statement reflects his character. Deonarine in my book will never have the temperament for cricket at this level. The editorial also gave the stats of Miller and Permal. Here they are respectively: Matches 59:58; Wickets 289:209; Average 15.98: 24.81; most wickets in a match 17:8. Only the WI selectors know why Permal is selected over Miller.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | November 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I am afraid Gayle has used up favors with WI selectors and fans. Just don't see that spark in him when he bats in WI colors any more. Hope he doesn't have to endure the humiliation of being dropped. As is, WI teams needs a revamp after its lackluster show on the Ind tour.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | November 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Now Gayle can have some rest. It has been a torment for Gayle fans like me seeing him failing matches after matches in international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Feeling very very bad for West Indies --my second most favorite team in the world. First loss of Kemar Roach. Now Chris Gayle! The best bowler. And the best batsman!

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    With Gayle injured now we will have to run back to Barath or Brathwaite who could not make 20 runs vs an average Australian bowling attack in our own backyard last year, New Zealand's pacers should be a far more dangerous opposition especially since they will be playing on their home turf. smh. Why is it that when injuries hit our team or for some reason we cant field a particular player it is always the players who are most likely to make a difference affected? 1st Roach shoulder goes, then Shillingford gets called for throwing , now Gayle gets hamstrung. dear lord who next? Shivnarine Chanderpaul?

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    it wood have made more sense to send the Test squad of Gayle, Marlon, Bravo jr & Bravo snr, Powell, Edwards, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Deonarine, Cotterel, Gabriel, Rampaul & Holder to New Zealand after the 2 tests to get acclimatized to the cold & wet conditions & play a few warm up games so we have as best a chance of succeeding on this tour as possible. Sammy as a substitute fielder & Walton as backup wicket keeper could have arrived in New Zealand l8r. With how things are playing out now , a demoralized test squad who just lost 2 tests in the duration of 1 & went on to be hammered by the world #1 odi side will leave the tropical climate of India to arrive in cold & rainy New Zealand jet lagged & miserable without enough time to play a warm up match much more to settle in & adjust to the huge change in conditions. They are basically going to step off the plane onto the cricket field in Dunedin. I'm very very worried about how this tour is going to turn out. :(

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Just what i feared wood happen. A key player injured in a pointless 1 day series just days before the team tours New Zealand where we havnt won a test in 20 years. After seeing how India manhandled the #2 ranked odi team what hope do we,( ranked 8th) have? Theres no sensible planning shown on the part of the WICB & their organizers or else why wood they agree to an ODI series which ends on the same day which the tour of New Zealand is supposed to begin? The only reason this tour of India was organized was so BCCI could capitalize on Sachins farewell in front of his homecrowds. He retired from ODI cricket already so had WICB explained there situation & requested a tour of just warm ups, the 2 Tests & mayb 1 or 2 t20 matches would BCCI have refused & said no deal? who else could they have invited for Sachin's farewell on such short notice? Everybody else was playing cricket except England who would not have been distracted from their Ashes preparation,

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 21, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Get well soon big man!

  • POSTED BY LifeWithBoundaries on | November 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    That was suicidal from Gayle. I was hoping to see him perform, in fact the whole is waiting for him to perform and he has not helped himself for a while now. We are worried about Gayle not being available for the rest of the tour and even the first half or the entire NZ tour. But I see more issues with Gayle and WI team in general than these "minor" injuries. I have waited around two decades for WI to regain the glory. Are they all out on that endeavor? Somebody please say - NO, because I have a tiny ray of hope but what I am witnessing is not helping that cause. I am frustrated, disappointed and infuriated!

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Were there two retirements..Tendulkar and Gayle? What a difference in send offs. Thank you both for the memories.

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | November 22, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    An editorial in the TT Express caught my eye. Essentially, it argues that WI should revolutionize and go young. I support this; however I have a minor change. I think Powell should be given the captaincy over Edwards based on communication skills. I strongly oppose Ramdin (Talk nah Viv) as vice-captain. Ramdin statement reflects his character. Deonarine in my book will never have the temperament for cricket at this level. The editorial also gave the stats of Miller and Permal. Here they are respectively: Matches 59:58; Wickets 289:209; Average 15.98: 24.81; most wickets in a match 17:8. Only the WI selectors know why Permal is selected over Miller.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | November 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I am afraid Gayle has used up favors with WI selectors and fans. Just don't see that spark in him when he bats in WI colors any more. Hope he doesn't have to endure the humiliation of being dropped. As is, WI teams needs a revamp after its lackluster show on the Ind tour.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | November 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Now Gayle can have some rest. It has been a torment for Gayle fans like me seeing him failing matches after matches in international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Feeling very very bad for West Indies --my second most favorite team in the world. First loss of Kemar Roach. Now Chris Gayle! The best bowler. And the best batsman!

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    With Gayle injured now we will have to run back to Barath or Brathwaite who could not make 20 runs vs an average Australian bowling attack in our own backyard last year, New Zealand's pacers should be a far more dangerous opposition especially since they will be playing on their home turf. smh. Why is it that when injuries hit our team or for some reason we cant field a particular player it is always the players who are most likely to make a difference affected? 1st Roach shoulder goes, then Shillingford gets called for throwing , now Gayle gets hamstrung. dear lord who next? Shivnarine Chanderpaul?

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    it wood have made more sense to send the Test squad of Gayle, Marlon, Bravo jr & Bravo snr, Powell, Edwards, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Deonarine, Cotterel, Gabriel, Rampaul & Holder to New Zealand after the 2 tests to get acclimatized to the cold & wet conditions & play a few warm up games so we have as best a chance of succeeding on this tour as possible. Sammy as a substitute fielder & Walton as backup wicket keeper could have arrived in New Zealand l8r. With how things are playing out now , a demoralized test squad who just lost 2 tests in the duration of 1 & went on to be hammered by the world #1 odi side will leave the tropical climate of India to arrive in cold & rainy New Zealand jet lagged & miserable without enough time to play a warm up match much more to settle in & adjust to the huge change in conditions. They are basically going to step off the plane onto the cricket field in Dunedin. I'm very very worried about how this tour is going to turn out. :(

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Just what i feared wood happen. A key player injured in a pointless 1 day series just days before the team tours New Zealand where we havnt won a test in 20 years. After seeing how India manhandled the #2 ranked odi team what hope do we,( ranked 8th) have? Theres no sensible planning shown on the part of the WICB & their organizers or else why wood they agree to an ODI series which ends on the same day which the tour of New Zealand is supposed to begin? The only reason this tour of India was organized was so BCCI could capitalize on Sachins farewell in front of his homecrowds. He retired from ODI cricket already so had WICB explained there situation & requested a tour of just warm ups, the 2 Tests & mayb 1 or 2 t20 matches would BCCI have refused & said no deal? who else could they have invited for Sachin's farewell on such short notice? Everybody else was playing cricket except England who would not have been distracted from their Ashes preparation,

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 21, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Get well soon big man!

  • POSTED BY Frayninho21 on | November 21, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Time to send for Kraigg Brathwaite for the tests vs New Zealand to replace / cover Gayle. Powell can step in for the ODI's. Another poor display from the West Indies today....they are light years away from being at the same level as a team like India in ODI's or Tests. The question is do the West Indian players have the desire to put in the required work to improve or will they keep just priming themselves for the lucrative but limited T20 slogathons around the world ? I

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Gayle is finished in ALL formats except for T20. As Cpt Meanster alluded too, Gayle is IF and WHEN. We need consistent performers in WI cricket. Forget the flashy guys. U stand by the statement that his injury is a blessing in disguise. He does not have a broken leg or worse. He will heal in time for Big Bash so everybody wins...

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    west indies need to play more domestic cricket and have a bigger pool of players to pick from. The poor result you are seeing is due to the fact that these guys are not playing enough cricket.Practice make perfect...Also indian is very good at home so u have to have your A game to even compete with them muchless win

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    @vinodkumargr696, keep in mind what i said properly. i didnt say that sehwag and gayle arent good batsmen. i was talking about the same method that brings them runs is failing them because of age, in the long format of the game currently, which i referred to as sharp reflexes, so no need to get mad like im taking away their accomplishments. but im telling u the reality, plus im a west indian

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    SEHWAG main reason why we became no.1 test team. Please check records to confirm my statement. You all will realise. .he is still one of the best in the world

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | November 21, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    "When one door is closed, many more are open!" Bob marley

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | November 21, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    If it is IPL, he will play with injury. Anyways its good for W. They can give chance to a youngster. Bring bharath in. He has a good technique and you need batsman like this for ODI matches to provide solidity in the batting order.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 21, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Get well

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    get well soon Gayle n also improve your technique

  • POSTED BY vinodkumargr696 on | November 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    No one has a right to blame sehwag , without a proper technique no one can score 2 triple centuries and what about his 219 in odi , The main reason that India won world cup is of sehwag and gambhir , today's India's success depends on past foundation by viru and gauti, we are in hunger to see him back..

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | November 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    I think it is now fair to call Gayle an IPL bully ? I have not seen him play ONE innings of substantial degree for the WI. I knew he was fallible in test cricket but it seems he's equally bad in ODIs. That run he took was a poor piece of athleticism. Taking singles and twos is an integral part of ODI cricket. If he can't do that, he shouldn't be in the team. You see, we in India had our own Chris Gayles for a LONG time. Then we got rid of those players because running between wickets and fielding were too important to us as a team. This is why India are almost UNBEATABLE in ODI cricket. We prize our fielding and running between wickets. I think this is a blessing in disguise for WI. Lendl Simmons should now open the batting.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | November 21, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @ umakanta1989 & others: How can an injury of a sportsman be a good news??? Aren't sportsmen human??? Don't they feel pain??? Don't say that it is good news for India or a blessing for WI in disguise... Please show some respect for a sportperson.

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | November 21, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    feel SORRY for Gayle..I though this might be his match where he could turn around the figures.Pity him people,for that he has been a great Entertainer for you all in IPL,its quite surprising to hear Blessing in Disguise like sort of words for such a great cricketer.Grow up!!!!!No injury is good for any player, it needs a toll to comeback from inury,I hope he gets well soon and gets back vs NZ.will surely miss him in remainder of games.Speedy recovery Gayle.all the best!!!

  • POSTED BY raghudiddigi on | November 21, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    really surprised by the mentality of people and their sense here...The discussion here is not whether he is good for team or bad..he suffered a lot of pain and we should wish him speedy recovery.....yes he is in bad form but it happens to every cricketer.....Lets wish him a speed recovery... --------- a genuine cricket fan from India

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    sehwag was a proper example of what happens when u dont have a proper technique to rely on. sehwag and chris gayle only rely on hand eye coordination when they bat. the bad thing about that is that when u get older ur reflexes slow down. u depend on great reflexes for hand eye coordination and that is what is affecting chris gayle in test cricket currently. tendulkars reflexes slowed down for good amount of years, but he had a solid technique to fall back on. i think its time to drop chris gayle from test cricket. gayles footwork is poor from morning, now his defense is even exposed further because he cant rely on hand eye coordination alone at his current age.

  • POSTED BY umakanta1989 on | November 21, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Hi cricket fans good news for India or bad news for Wi he miss a lot Gayle...

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Amen. Total blessing in disguise. Lets get someone serious about WI cricket to replace him. Thanks for the contribution to WI cricket Gayle but it's time to let go.

  • POSTED BY riandasarp on | November 21, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Better for WI , Blessing in disguise

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 21, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Good for both West Indies and Gayle! Besides, now India has no worry about WI.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    good 4 windies...even he stays in the team what is the use??

  • POSTED BY amazing_ankur on | November 21, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Good for Gayle!!! batting so badly now a days that it is the same guy who had hit 175 in a T20 and was a nightmare for the bowlers...

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  • POSTED BY amazing_ankur on | November 21, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Good for Gayle!!! batting so badly now a days that it is the same guy who had hit 175 in a T20 and was a nightmare for the bowlers...

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    good 4 windies...even he stays in the team what is the use??

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 21, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Good for both West Indies and Gayle! Besides, now India has no worry about WI.

  • POSTED BY riandasarp on | November 21, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Better for WI , Blessing in disguise

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Amen. Total blessing in disguise. Lets get someone serious about WI cricket to replace him. Thanks for the contribution to WI cricket Gayle but it's time to let go.

  • POSTED BY umakanta1989 on | November 21, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Hi cricket fans good news for India or bad news for Wi he miss a lot Gayle...

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    sehwag was a proper example of what happens when u dont have a proper technique to rely on. sehwag and chris gayle only rely on hand eye coordination when they bat. the bad thing about that is that when u get older ur reflexes slow down. u depend on great reflexes for hand eye coordination and that is what is affecting chris gayle in test cricket currently. tendulkars reflexes slowed down for good amount of years, but he had a solid technique to fall back on. i think its time to drop chris gayle from test cricket. gayles footwork is poor from morning, now his defense is even exposed further because he cant rely on hand eye coordination alone at his current age.

  • POSTED BY raghudiddigi on | November 21, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    really surprised by the mentality of people and their sense here...The discussion here is not whether he is good for team or bad..he suffered a lot of pain and we should wish him speedy recovery.....yes he is in bad form but it happens to every cricketer.....Lets wish him a speed recovery... --------- a genuine cricket fan from India

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | November 21, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    feel SORRY for Gayle..I though this might be his match where he could turn around the figures.Pity him people,for that he has been a great Entertainer for you all in IPL,its quite surprising to hear Blessing in Disguise like sort of words for such a great cricketer.Grow up!!!!!No injury is good for any player, it needs a toll to comeback from inury,I hope he gets well soon and gets back vs NZ.will surely miss him in remainder of games.Speedy recovery Gayle.all the best!!!

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | November 21, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @ umakanta1989 & others: How can an injury of a sportsman be a good news??? Aren't sportsmen human??? Don't they feel pain??? Don't say that it is good news for India or a blessing for WI in disguise... Please show some respect for a sportperson.