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Chris Gayle picks Virender Sehwag as his opening partner in dream XI

Chris Gayle picks Virender Sehwag as his opening partner in dream XI

Prior to the recent one-off T20I against India, Gayle last represented Windies in the 2016 World Twenty20 against England.

WATCH: Chris Gayle dances to tune of 'Laila Main Laila', offers fans USD 5000 in challenge

WATCH: Chris Gayle dances to tune of 'Laila Main Laila', offers fans USD 5000 in challenge

Gayle, 37, returned to International cricket after a gap of more than one year earlier this month in the lone T20I match between the Windies and India.

West Indies ready to push harder than ever in bid to earn direct World Cup 2019 qualification: Chris Gayle

West Indies ready to push harder than ever in bid to earn direct World Cup 2019 qualification: Chris Gayle

The explosive batsman is hoping that WICB will relax eligibility rules for players like him to be in the team for the World Cup.

SEE PIC: Chris Gayle hosts dinner for Virat Kohli's men

SEE PIC: Chris Gayle hosts dinner for Virat Kohli's men

Gayle was called back in the West Indies side for the one-off T20I. He last played for the Carribean side in April 2016 against England.

Evin Lewis' unbeaten 125-run knock: Left-hander breaks plethora of records during 2nd T20I ton against Virat Kohli's men

Evin Lewis' unbeaten 125-run knock: Left-hander breaks plethora of records during 2nd T20I ton against Virat Kohli's men

West Indian left-hander Evin Lewis dismantled the Indian bowlers in the T20 international played at Jamaica where he remained unbeaten on 125 runs which came off just 62 balls. As a result of his record knock, the hosts decimated Men in Blue by nine wickets.

WI vs IND, T20I: Evin Lewis joins elite company with 12 sixes as West Indies hammer India by nine wickets

WI vs IND, T20I: Evin Lewis joins elite company with 12 sixes as West Indies hammer India by nine wickets

The 25-year-old Trinidadian became the third player to score two T20 international centuries, after Gayle and New Zealander Brendon McCullum.

WI vs IND, one-off T20I: Our focus is not on Chris Gayle, they have got 11 other players, says Ajinkya Rahane

WI vs IND, one-off T20I: Our focus is not on Chris Gayle, they have got 11 other players, says Ajinkya Rahane

One thing to worry about for the Indians is the inclusion of swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle into the 13-man squad. The left-handed batsman has been the best when considered T20 cricket. The southpaw will be marking a return after 16 months, and too in a match venued at his hometown.

WI vs IND, one-off T20: Virat Kohli may open innings as India start favourites despite Chris Gayle factor – Preview

WI vs IND, one-off T20: Virat Kohli may open innings as India start favourites despite Chris Gayle factor – Preview

After winning the five-match ODI series 3-1, India will certainly have an upperhand despite the presence of Gayle, who can single-handedly swing fortunes especially in the shortest format.

WATCH: Virat Kohli gives MS Dhoni perfect birthday gift, ramps up a six to finish innings in 5th ODI vs West Indies

WATCH: Virat Kohli gives MS Dhoni perfect birthday gift, ramps up a six to finish innings in 5th ODI vs West Indies

The century notched up by the skipper was his 28th in ODI, putting him alongside Sri Lankan great Sanath Jayasuriya on the list of most tons in the 50-over format.

Chris Gayle gears up for T20I return against India, posts 'work out' pic on Instagram

Chris Gayle gears up for T20I return against India, posts 'work out' pic on Instagram

Gayle, who will play his first T20I at Sabina Park, is presently the highest run-maker for West Indies in this format with 1,519 runs.

WI vs IND: Chris Gayle returns to West Indies T20I squad for one-off match against India

WI vs IND: Chris Gayle returns to West Indies T20I squad for one-off match against India

Gayle has been called forth to replace Lendl Simmons. Jason Holder, the ODI and Test captain, has been rested for the game.

Darren Sammy fears for future of West Indies cricket as T20 comes first

Darren Sammy fears for future of West Indies cricket as T20 comes first

West Indies won the World Twenty20 in 2012 and 2016, but have had little success in cricket`s other formats recently.

India vs Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan equals Sourav Ganguly, Herschelle Gibbs, Chris Gayle for most ICC Champions Trophy hundreds

India vs Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan equals Sourav Ganguly, Herschelle Gibbs, Chris Gayle for most ICC Champions Trophy hundreds

In the previous edition of the tournament, which India won under Dhoni's leadership, Dhawan top-scored with 363 runs in five matches, at an average of 90.75.

Chris Gayle picks Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid to bag 12th Champions League crown

Chris Gayle picks Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid to bag 12th Champions League crown

The Los Balancos will take on Serie A giants Juventus in the summit clash of the most coveted trophy in European club football in Cardiff on June 4.

WATCH: Dangerous Chris Gayle takes matter into his own hands after Amit Mishra's furious appeal

WATCH: Dangerous Chris Gayle takes matter into his own hands after Amit Mishra's furious appeal

Mishra, taken aback by the unexpected turn of event, tried to avoid the contact.

WATCH: RCB's Chris Gayle marks 100th IPL appearance with royal duck against KKR

WATCH: RCB's Chris Gayle marks 100th IPL appearance with royal duck against KKR

The left-handed batsman has been in dismal form in IPL 2017, scoring a total of 152 runs in 8 matches with a best score of 77 to his name and an average of 19.

WATCH: Sandeep Sharma shocks RCB; removes Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers in one dream spell — DON'T MISS

WATCH: Sandeep Sharma shocks RCB; removes Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers in one dream spell — DON'T MISS

The 23-year-old thus became the first player in the IPL history to take the wickets of the trio in a single match.

IPL 2017: 10th season has proved that elegant, old-school batting is just as important in T20 format

IPL 2017: 10th season has proved that elegant, old-school batting is just as important in T20 format

South Africa`s Hashim Amla has been delighting cricketing purists by racking up large totals with his conventional style of play while Kane Williamson of New Zealand is also showing there`s more to T20 than power.

IPL 2017, Match 29: RCB vs SRH Live Score – Live Streaming, Date, Venue, TV Listing

IPL 2017, Match 29: RCB vs SRH Live Score – Live Streaming, Date, Venue, TV Listing

RCB vs SRH: Virat Kohli's men enter the match on the back of a humiliating defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders, where they were bowled out for 49 runs – the lowest total in IPL history.

IPL 2017: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle trinity the talk of town at Eden Gardens

IPL 2017: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle trinity the talk of town at Eden Gardens

Every time the RCB come calling, the combined star power of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle so mesmerise the home supporters that they even fleetingly forget their loyalties and burst into applause as hammer blows from the trio cross the boundary rope.