Delhi, Feb 21: After Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to score a double hundred in one-dayers, West Indies opener Chris Gayle wants to become the second. And he wants to achieve the feat this World Cup itself.
Tendulkar rewrote the record books in February last year by clobbering an unprecedented 200 not out against South Africa.
Tendulkar's team-mate and opening partner Virender Sehwag came close to matching his feat in India's opening World Cup match against Bangladesh last week before being dismissed for 175. Gayle, also an attacking opener, believes he can achieve the magical mark if he bats out the 50 overs.
"The master-blaster (Sachin Tendulkar) got it. A guy like Sehwag can get it. These are the guys who can get it once they get off to a good start. You bat through the 50 overs and it becomes a possibility."If I get a chance, I'll definitely chase it," said Gayle, whose highest score in one-day internationals is the 153 not out he scored against Zimbabwe in 2003.
The left-hander is also keen to hone his all-round skills and contribute with his off-spinners, which have gotten him 156 wickets from 223 ODIs.
"I want to be the best all-rounder in the World Cup," said the 31-year-old. "I should be able to do a bit of bowling and get a few wickets as well and also set up a good total for the team."
Gayle was realistic of his team's chances at the global tournament.
"The preparation has been good. We came from Sri Lanka, of course things didn't go according to our plan but at the same time it is a big occasion and we want to get a winning start,", said Gayle.
West Indies drew all the three rain-hit Tests in Sri Lanka before losing the following one-day series 2-0.
In the World Cup, West Indies have been drawn in Group B alongside Bangladesh, India, England, South Africa, the Netherlands and Ireland.
Their first match is against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday.