Chris Gayle nearing Brian Lara as only West Indian with 10,000 ODI runs
Chris Gayle scored 135 and 50 in the opening two ODIs versus England. © Getty

The veteran opener Chris Gayle is approaching a milestone achieved by only Brian Lara for West Indies – that of 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.

Gayle needs 143 runs to become the second West Indian to 10,000. Two ODIs remain against England in the ongoing series, in which the 39-year-old has scored 135 and 50 in the opening two matches in Barbados. (READ: ‘Legend’ Chris Gayle is ‘priceless’ for West Indies: Darren Bravo)

Factoring in his runs for a World XI in 2005, Gayle has 9912 runs in ODIs. In three games for a World XI, he scored 55 runs.

For West Indies, Gayle’s run tally stands at 9857 at an average of 37.76.

Lara, who retired from international cricket in 2007, leads West Indies’ table with 10,348 runs at an average of 40.90 from 285 ODI innings. Lara scored 19 hundreds and 64 fifties in ODIs.

TOP 5 RUN-GETTERS FOR WEST INDIES IN ODIS

Player M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s
B Lara 295 285 10348 169 40.90 79.52 19 62
C Gayle 284 278 9857 215 47.76 85.96 24 49
S Chanderpaul 268 251 8778 150 41.60 70.74 11 59
D Haynes 238 237 8648 152* 41.37 63.09 17 57
V Richards 187 167 6721 189* 47.00 90.20 11 45

Gayle is West Indies’ highest ODI centurion with 24 from 278 innings. He will bow out of ODIs after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The five-match series is locked at 1-1 after the third ODI in Grenada was washed out.