Full name Christopher Henry Gayle
Born September 21, 1979, Kingston, Jamaica
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm off-break
Twenty20 cricket seemingly picked Chris Gayle as its ambassador, for he scored the very first hundred within the format and now uncontestedly owns almost every record there’s , including that of the foremost runs (now 10,000+), most hundreds, fastest hundred, and most fours and sixes.
Chris Gayle might stand tall at over six feet and wield his bat to form or break T20 leagues, but make no mistake about his affinity for Test cricket. His absenteeism from Tests later in his career could seem to suggest otherwise but Gayle has racked up 15 Test hundreds and over 7,000 runs across 103 matches thus far , and regularly turns up for his many T20 franchises in jerseys numbered 333 – his highest first-class score, which he made against Sri Lanka at Galle, to become only the fourth batsman after Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag with two Test triples during a lifetime.
Renowned together of the foremost barbarous hitters of the ball ever – he once swung a Brett Lee delivery past the Lord Tennyson school outside Oval! – Gayle dismissed footwork to a famous cricketing redundancy of his time, and along side other contemporary opening batsmen in Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virender Sehwag, and Brendon McCullum later, fashioned a batting era characterized by an unreal dependence on hand-eye coordination and breakneck run-scoring across formats. No wonder he became the primary batsman to hit the primary ball of a match game for a six. And it’s only fair that he beat Sehwag to become the fastest double centurion in ODIs, minting 215 off 147 during a World Cup game against Zimbabwe in Canberra, 2015.
Being the primary cricketer with hundreds altogether three formats, Gayle deservedly personifies the load struggle between various cricket formats that stood intensified with the launch of IPL in 2008. So in 2009, Chris Gayle arrived in England after playing seven IPL games to captain West Indies during a match game at Lord’s, a game that his side lost heavily amidst scathing criticism from media and fans alike.
Be it due to his growing T20 appetite, his never-ending conflicts with the West Indies Cricket Board, or his degrading fitness level, Gayle’s international appearances have gone from few and much in between to little or no off late, together with his focus now on being a T20 freelancer, not singularly in an era where retirement-age dangerously seems to hover around thirty-two.
Debuting for West Indies as a 20-year-old within the year 2000, Gayle went on to captain the national side, taking up from Ramnaresh Sarwan. He didn’t start as a gap batsman, but soon graduated into one, but despite well-timed performances and an honest record, doubts over Gayle’s technique against seam and swing have remained.
Come to the more batsman-friendly limited-overs format, and Gayle seems more reception . To quell his effectiveness at the highest , captains have often preferred to start out with off-spin, his branded nemesis, as typified by Ravichandran Ashwin’s hold over him. If not that, teams have religiously relied on short-pitched deliveries, aimed toward his ribs, which Gayle either top-edges or more often buries deep into the square leg stands. His long reach helps him to urge to the pitch of the change-up full deliveries which he nonchalantly carves back over the bowler’s head.
Gayle’s aversion to running ones and twos – more conspicuous later in his career – shouldn’t startle you the maximum amount as his reliance on them, rotating the strike early in his innings before unleashing a theatrical, sometimes unstoppable barrage of king-sized sixes all around. His wonderfully limited agility makes for memorable catches, especially within the slip cordon where he stands from time to time, courtesy merit or convenience, or both. His handy off-spin and therefore the ability to skid the new ball through once guaranteed an automatic selection into any team, including that of the prying T20 leagues round the world.
Even as he belted records everywhere the place, Gayle’e mounting injury woes meant his stints with the West Indies national side became rarer. He hasn’t officially retired from Tests, he says his love for the longest sort of the sport hasn’t ended, and fitness permitting, he would still like to increase his tally of 103 Tests. He’s a person who leads by example. He’s led his home franchise, Jamaica Tallawahs, to title triumphs within the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) before shifting his allegiance to St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots – whom he took to the ultimate within the fifth edition of the tournament.
Come to the Bangladesh Premier League, Gayle played for Rangpur Riders within the 2017-18 season and won the Player of the Series award for notching up the very best number of runs. Although he occasionally featured in T20Is for Windies, he wasn’t a daily within the ODI setup. During Windies’ tour of England in 2017, Gayle was recalled into the ODI side after a hiatus of quite 2.5 years. it had been a start of an honest run as he clothed in most games, helping Windies qualify to the 2019 World Cup and smashing England to all or any parts within the home series in early 2019. However, he lost form during the mega event which didn’t help the Caribbean side as they won only two games and finished ninth.
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