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

Injured Gayle could miss remaining ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Mani 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!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Jack 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.

  • Steve 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.

  • Baundule 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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. :(

  • Dummy4 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,

  • ESPN on November 21, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Get well soon big man!

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