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Chris Gayle's double century against Zimbabwe was "the stuff champions are made of", says former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards.

The Jamaican opener scored 215 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday - the first double-ton in World Cup history and only the fourth in one-day internationals.

Since being stunned by Ireland in their opening match, West Indies have won easily against Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

"Their response and the talent in the team, it's potent," Richards added.


Tuesday's win lifted the West Indies to second place in Group B, albeit having played two games more than third-placed Ireland and one more than South Africa in fourth.

West Indies' next game is against South Africa on Friday.

Richards believes Gayle's knock has "lifted the spirits" of the team and relieved pressure on young captain Jason Holder.

But he added that more consistency was needed for the team to progress to the final stages of the tournament.

"It was a phenomenal innings. Especially the way West Indies batted against the so-called minnows [Ireland]," he said. "It's the stuff champions are made of.

"But what the fans demand is to see this on a more consistent basis. You need that leadership where the batsmen are concerned."
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