Also recognized as Christopher Henry Gayle, Chris is an international Jamaican Cricketer playing for the West Indies. Between 2007 and 2010, Gayle captained the Test Side for West Indies. And since then, he has proceeded to set multiple records across the three cricket formats.
In international cricket, he has been the one player who has been capped multiple times, and he has earned himself a title for being the best batsman in T20 cricket. He is also the only player to score close to 14000 runs, surpassing the 10000 runs mark, and the first T20 cricket hitter to attain over 100 sixes. Here’s a look at his stats and achievements.
|Full Name||Christopher Henry Gayle|
|Born In||West Indies, Jamaica|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm off-break|
|Birth Date||21st September 1979|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Net Worth||$15 million|
|Teams||West Indies, Western Australia, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jozi Stars, Lahore Qualanders, Team Abu Dhabi, Quetta Gladiators World XI, UWI Vice Chancellors XI, Balkh Legends, Vancouver Knights, Punjab Kings, Uva Next, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Lions, Kandy Tuskers, Rangpur Riders, ST Kitts, Kerala Knights, Nevis Patriots, Karachi Kings, Chittagong Vikings, Dhaka Gladiators, Barisal Burners, Stanford Superstars, Dolphins, Barisal Bulls, Somerset, Kolkata Knight Riders, Melbourne Renegades, Cape Town Knight Riders, Sydney Thunder|
Chris Gayle is an outstanding left-hander who has thrived as a batsman on many levels. Gayle is fond of playing his aggressive style, which in many cases is suitable for one-day cricket, but this has not stopped him from rising the ranks as a Test batsman. In 2008 when IPL was launched, cricket formats were very intense, and most players were struggling.
This situation was not the case for Chris Gayle, who got hundreds across the three formats. He played in the IPL before being capped at West Indies for a test match against England in 2009. West Indies lost a great deal to England, raising so much criticism regarding Gayle’s commitment.
From his 103 match appearances, Gayle has managed to rack up more than 7000 runs and 15 hundred in test matches.
Gayle has proven to the cricket world that he bats for extended periods to gain more significant scores. When playing against Australia in 2009, he batted for more than seven hours, ending the game unbeaten with a score of 156, making the Test match a success. He later went to get the fifth-fastest century in a test from 700 balls—proving that he implemented quick-scoring as his playing strategy for more wins.
West Indies vs. Zimbabwe, Queen’s Park Oval, 2000
West Indies vs. Bangladesh, Arnos Vale Ground, 2014
West Indies vs. India, Toronto CSCC, 1999
West Indies vs. India. Queen’s Park Oval, 2019
New Zealand vs. West Indies, Eden Park, 2006
West Indies vs. Pakistan, Providence Stadium, 2021
Delhi Capitals vs. Kolkata Knight Riders, Arun Jaitley Stadium, 2008
Punjab Kings vs. Delhi Capitals, Narendra Modi Stadium, 2021
Chris Gayle has an appetite for T20, and he has done nothing but shine in all T20 formats. In 2009, Gayle earned himself a spot at the Western Australia Warriors to play in the domestic T20 league, Big Bash League. Later in the year, his impressive records saw him play for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, second edition. While there, he only played for two seasons, and in 2011, he headed over to Royal Challengers Bangalore to play T20 cricket.
The shifting of teams meant a great deal for him since it was within this period where he clinched the title of the highest run-getter with over and above 600 runs, two centuries, and three half-centuries. It was during this season that he managed the highest number of sixes, hitting 44 sixes. Later in 2011, he was mentioned as the IPL MVP.
His exceptional hand-eye coordination has chiefly contributed to Gayle’s outstanding performance. With such an ability, he can hit his ultimate best as a batsman. Even though his footwork and technique may not favor his gameplay, he has optimized using other skills to compensate for his inadequacies. He has a distinctive hitting style, commanding body frame, and proper mastery. He is always calm when a bowler approaches, and this has earned him many records— high T20 scores and strike rates.
In 2015, Gayle Established ‘The Chris Gayle Academy’ to assist the less privileged children in his home country and the UK improve their lives and community by playing sports. The foundation has subsequently grown, and now it helps young cricketers advance their sportsmanship by ensuring accessibility to knowledgeable and qualified coaches and transnational playing prospects.
After the Cricket World Cup ended in 2019, Gayle announced his retirement from ODIs. Later in June 2019, he declared that he would still want to play against India in the August ODI matches, and if possible, a Test match. In July, Gayle was listed among the squad for West Indie’s ODI match against India. On the match day, Gayle put on the jersey number 301, to signify his 301st ODI match.