A Brief Biography of Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle, a thrusting Jamaican left-hander was born on September 21st 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica.
His destructive batting has got him nicknames like ‘GayleForce’ and ‘GayleStorm’. He is 6ft 3in tall and an all-rounder, bats left-handed and bowls right-arm off break. He captained the West Indies’ Test side from 2007 to 2010. Apart from playing for West Indies, he is also associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, Sydney Thunder in the BBL and the Barisal Burners in the BPL.
Chris Gayle played for West Indies at the youth international level before making his first class debut at the age of 19 for Jamaica.
Chris Gayle made his One Day International (ODI) debut on September 11, 1999 against India and was included in the West Indian squad for the 2003 World Cup. At the 2006 Champions Trophy, he was a part of the team that played at the finals against Australia.
Chris Gayle played his first international Test match on March 16, 2000 against Zimbabwe, and in July 2001, he set up a 214-run partnership with Daren Ganga, a teammate, which became the record for opening partnerships at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. By the end of 2002, he scored three centuries against India and also became the third West Indian to score 1000 runs in a calendar year. In January 2004, Chris Gayle hit a century off 79 balls when chasing a first-inning South African score of 532, following which he again scored a century against Bangladesh.
In 2005, Chris Gayle was included in the Test series against South Africa; he played in the fourth match in Antigua and made 317 runs. It was also the first triple century against South Africa. During the 2005-06 tour of New Zealand, Chris Gayle opened the batting in the three-Test series and scored 235 runs, becoming the first West Indian to cross the 200-run mark.
Chris Gayle played his first Twenty20 international (T20I) on February 16, 2006 against New Zealand and in 2007, he scored 117 runs off just 57 balls, in the opening match against South Africa at the International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 Championship.
In April 2008, Chris Gayle was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders team for $800,000, making him one of the most expensive players of the Kolkata team at the 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he failed to play as he had to join the West Indies team for a series against Australia.
Royal Challengers Bangalore got Chris Gayle as a replacement for Dirk Nannes, who got injured during a match against Mumbai Indians in the fourth season. Until Chris Gayle's entry into the squad the team was struggling and were not well placed in the league. But, since his arrival, he placed Royal Challengers Bangalore on the top of the points table. No ground is too big for the Caribbean lad who once scored 36 runs off just one over in a match against Kochi.
Chris Gayle was undoubtedly the most entertaining player of IPL 2011. Gayle scored 608 runs which includes 2 hundreds and also picked up 8 wickets in 12 matches of IPL 2011. Unfortunately, RCB lost to Chennai Super Kings in the finals. Much to the delight of RCB fans, Gayle was retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.
In 2012, Chris Gayle scored a whopping 128* of just 62 balls against Delhi Daredevils. The innings was paced with seven 4’s and thirteen 6’s at a strike rate of 206.45!
Chris Gayle’s aggregate in IPL5 is 733 at an average of 61.08 and strike rate of 160.74. In his 14 innings, he has 46 - 4’s and 59 - 6’s with 7 fifties and 1 hundred. The only person next to him standing second was Gautham Gambhir at an aggregate of 588 runs. Well, the stat says it all!
Chris Gayle also helped his team (West Indies) win the T20 World Cup 2012. He scored 222 runs in 7 matches at an average of 44.40 and strike rate of 150. He hit 19 – 4’s and 16 – 6’s in the league which includes three 50’s.
When not playing cricket, Chris Gayle enjoys playing video games and also likes watching Tom and Jerry shows on the television. Recently, we have been seeing him dancing the GANGNAM STYLE, celebrating and enjoying his life!