Chris Gayle IPL Career

Last Modified Mar 21, 2024 21:48 IST

Chris Gayle IPL Career
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Whenever the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets written, it won't be complete without the mention of the utter carnage, madness, and flamboyance that Christopher Henry Gayle brought to the T20 league in these nascent years.

Having lit up the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 by smashing the first-ever T20I hundred (vs South Africa), Gayle was expected to wreak havoc at the Eden Gardens after he was picked up by SRK's Kolkata Knight Riders during the inaugural auction. The champion cricketer played his final game in the 2021 season, finishing as the 7th highest run-getter in the tournament's history.

IPL Debut year2009
IPL TeamKolkata Knight Riders (2008-10), Royal Challengers Bangalore (2011-17), Punjab Kings (2018-21)
Batting StyleLeft-handed batsman
Bowling StyleRight-arm off-spinner
The last IPL Season runs193

Chris Gayle IPL teams from 2009-21

Caribbean star started his IPL journey in the second season with Kolkata Knight Riders where he played for two seasons, he was bought by KKR in the inaugural season but due to the national tour, Chris Gayle missed the entire season. Chris Gayle went unsold at the 2011 mega-auction. Little did anyone know what was about to ensue at the time, least of all the Knight Riders. An injury to RCB's Dirk Nannes mid-way through the season opened up an opportunity for Gayle, and what followed next was absolute mayhem.

The 2017 season proved to be a nadir for both Gayle and RCB. The West Indian managed just 200 runs in 9 matches and was eventually released ahead of the mega-auction.

He was lapped up by Punjab Kings in the auction, where, despite not being at his best, he still managed to belt out back-to-back impressive campaigns in 2018 & 2019. The universe Boss ended by playing for Punjab Kings till 2021.

Year Team
2009Kolkata Knight Riders
2010Kolkata Knight Riders
2011Royal Challengers Bangalore
2012Royal Challengers Bangalore
2013Royal Challengers Bangalore
2014Royal Challengers Bangalore
2015Royal Challengers Bangalore
2016Royal Challengers Bangalore
2017Royal Challengers Bangalore
2018Punjab Kings
2019Punjab Kings
2020Punjab Kings
2021Punjab Kings

Chris Gayle IPL Auction Price

Chris Gayle has appeared in the auction for the first time in IPL’s maiden season where he was bought by KKR for INR 3.2 crore. He received his highest amount of INR 7.5 crore by RCB in 2014 which lasted till 2017 which was also the last season in Red.

YearTeamSalary (in Rs)
2008Kolkata Knight RidersINR 32,128,000
2009Kolkata Knight RidersINR 39,296,000
2010Kolkata Knight RidersINR 37,032,000
2011Royal Challengers BangaloreINR 29,900,500
2012Royal Challengers BangaloreINR 32,675,500
2013Royal Challengers BangaloreINR 34,625,500
2014Royal Challengers BangaloreINR 75,000,000
2015Royal Challengers BangaloreINR 75,000,000
2016Royal Challengers BangaloreINR 75,000,000
2017Royal Challengers BangaloreINR 75,000,000
2018Punjab KingsINR 20,000,000
2019Punjab KingsINR 20,000,000
2020Punjab KingsINR 20,000,000
2021Punjab KingsINR 20,000,000

TotalINR 585,657,000

Chris Gayle IPL runs year-wise

West Indian Legend made his debut as a batter in 2009 for KKR but that didn’t work out well for him. He later joined RCB in 2011, his stats changed with his form. He has scored an average of 67.55, 61.08, and 59.00 in the first three editions of RCB. He went invincible in 2013 and smashed the highest individual score in IPL history with the most sixes in an IPL season. Gayle later went to Punjab Kings in 2017 and finished his IPL journey with the same team in 2021. He played 142 matches where he scored 4895 runs with six centuries and 31 fifties.


Chris Gayle IPL wickets year-wise

Chris Gayle was a part-time bowler and has picked 18 wickets in his entire IPL career. Left-handed IPL star used to bowl right-arm off-break, he has bowled 92 overs in 142 games where his best figure was 3/21 against KXIP in 2011. Gayle has an impressive economy of 7.90.

All IPL14292.27291840.507.903/210

Chris Gayle IPL records:

Chris Gayle holds so many records in his IPL career that seems unbreakable till now. He is one of the most destructive batters of all time having a strike rate of 148.96 which is the second-highest strike among batters with more than 4000 runs. Gayle is famous for his six-hitting abilities and he is the only player in the IPL with 300 sixes. Here are some of his major IPL records.

Chris Gayle As Batter

Most 6s in IPL history; only batter to smash 350 sixes.The 'Universe Boss' smashed as many as 357 maximums in his IPL career; the next best is AB de Villiers with 257.
Most 6s in a single IPL seasonGayle clobbered 59 sixes in the 2012 season, which is still a record and by some distance.
Highest individual scoreThe West Indian southpaw hammered the Pune Warriors XI to the tune of 175* in IPL 2013. This is still the highest individual score in the league's history.
Most 6s in an inningsDuring his 175*, Gayle sent the ball into the crowd a record 17 times.
Fastest century in IPL historyDuring that magical 175*, Gayle reached to the 100 mark in just 30 deliveries, which still stands as a record.
The only player to win back-to-back Orange CapsGayle won the Orange Cup in both IPL 2011 and 2012 after he hammered 608 (in 12 innings) & 733 runs (in 13 innings) in consecutive seasons.
The only cricketer to smash 700+ runs in consecutive IPL seasonsGayle smashed 733 and 708 in IPL 2012 & 2013 respectively. No other batter has managed to get past 700 in consecutive seasons.
Most 6s for RCBGayle featured in 91 matches for RCB and ended up smashing 263 sixes, which is still a record.
Joint-most 100s for RCBThe blistering opener clobbered 5 hundreds for RCB; the joint-most alongside Virat Kohli
3rd highest run-getter for RCBGayle scored 3420 runs in just 90 innings @ 43.29/154.40 with 5 hundreds.
The only player to score 99 twice in IPL historyGayle was left stranded on 99* (64) v RCB in 2019 & and was dismissed on the same score-99 (63)- against the Rajasthan Royals a year later.

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FAQs on Chris Gayle

Will Chris Gayle play IPL 2024?

Though Chris Gayle hasn’t announced his retirement he hasn’t played any match in IPL since 2021 and he is not included in any team’s squad, so there are fewer chances that he would play in IPL 2024.

How many sixes Chris Gayle have scored?

Chris Gayle has scored 357 sixes in his career which is 100 more than AB de Villiers who is the second player to hit most sixes in IPL history.

When did Crish Gayle play his last IPL match?

Chris Gayle played in the last IPL match on November 1, 2021, against Chennai Super Kings where he scored 12 runs.

Is Chris the fastest centurion of the IPL?

Yes, In 2013 Chris Gayle smashed the fastest century of IPL in just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors. In that inning, he sent the ball out of the boundary 17 times which is the highest number of sixes in an inning by a batter in IPL.

What is Chris Gayle’s highest score in IPL?

Chris Gayle’s highest score of 175* runs in just 66 balls came in the game against Pune Warriors India in 2013.