Gayle’s big hits help him rise as West Indies find rhythm

West Indies opener Chris Gayle has picked up three places in the latest International Cricket Council One-Day International batting rankings.

The big-hitting left-hander, who has had a productive World Cup 2011 campaign so far, is now 12th in the rankings which continue to be led by prolific South Africa opener Hashim Amla.

Gayle has scores of two against South Africa, 80 against the Netherlands and 37 not out against Bagladesh in his three innings so far which have helped lead West Indies to two wins in three matches in Group B. Last Friday he became the fourth West Indian after Brian Lara, Desmond Haynes and Shiv Chanderpaul to make 8,000 runs in ODIs.

Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul has had no such success and has dropped two places to number 20. England’s Jonathan Trott, meanwhile, stormed into the top 20 by jumping nine places to be tied 13th with India’s Gautam Gambhir.

Trott, the hard-working right-hander has scored heavily in the World Cup, already gathering 222 runs to be the fourth highest run-getter.

West Indies play Ireland on Friday at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, in India and then England next Thursday.