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Gayle is ruled out

Kochi: West Indies were dealt with a huge blow as their explosive opening batsman Chris Gayle suffered a hamstring tear on his left leg during the first ODI against India, here, on Thursday.

Doctors who examined Gayle said that he would need two to four weeks to recover from his injury, which would mean that he is out of the remainder of this three-match ODI series.

Gayle, who was run out in the second ball of the West Indies innings, was rushed to a local hospital after he hurt himself while making a desperate dive to reach his crease. He was carried out of the ground in a stretcher.

Doctors from the private hospital, led by orthopaedic surgeon Bipin Theruvil, examined Gayle at the stadium and administered him first aid there itself. Later, he was taken to the same hospital.

A MRI scan at the hospital found a “hamstring tear on his left leg and small blood clot around”.