Gayle ready to rule the world
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has revealed his intention to “dominate the World Cup”.
The explosive left-handed opener and former skipper promises to be a key figure for the Windies as they aim to lift the game's biggest prize for the first time since 1979.
With his side drawn in Group B alongside South Africa, their opponents in their opening match, England, India, Bangladesh, Ireland and the Netherlands, Gayle has targeted a place in the quarter-finals at least.
“It can’t get any bigger than this,” he said. “The West Indies have a legacy of winning and I want to give my best to win matches for us.
“Whenever I cross that boundary rope I won't leave anything on the field. I’m going to give it my all, give it my best shot. I am looking to try and dominate the World Cup.
“I am sure we have the team to get the job done for the people of the Caribbean. We have the firepower - the bowling combinations are good, and we have good all-rounders and quality in our batting.
“It will be one game at a time but in the back of our minds we are looking at the quarter-finals and then take it from there.
“We will look to build strength from the early stages and develop as we move along. It won’t be an easy task but it has to be done and we as players have to do it.”
The 31-year-old, who also featured in the 2003 and 2007 tournaments, has scored almost 8,000 runs at an average of 39 in 223 one-day internationals.
“This is my third World Cup,” he said. “I played in South Africa in 2003 and in the Caribbean four years ago.
“I don't know what the future holds and I don't want to sit back and wait for the next World Cup in four years’ time. I am going to treat this like my final World Cup.”