Often regarded as one of the most celebrated cricketers of all time, Christopher Henry Gayle, who turned 39 today, still plays the game exceptionally well. The very name sends chills down bowlers' spines.
The 6'4 tall West Indian can annihilate any bowling attack once he settles. He has become a household name in the world of cricket despite having his own share of controversies.
Here's a rundown of 5 reasons why he is the 'Universe Boss'.
#1. He is the record holder for most runs in T20 cricket:
Chris Gayle has scored a mammoth 11,737 runs in the T20 format, a record which will remain unbeaten for years to come. He has scored the highest number of centuries (21) in the format and the most number of fifties (71).
He has scored a staggering 863 sixes in the T20 format while playing for the national team and several club teams.
#2. Triple Century Man
Another one of his records; he is one of four batsmen to have scored two Test triple hundreds, his top score being 333. The other three being Don Bradman, Brian Lara, and Virender Sehwag.
This only leads to confusion as to why he is called a T20 specialist when he has been breaking records in other formats as well!
#3. Unusual yet awesome
This is a very unique record. When Gayle scored 215 against Zimbabwe, he became the only cricketer in the world to have scored a T20I century, an ODI double hundred and a Test triple hundred!
No other batsman has beaten this record. The only batsman who came close was Virender Sehwag, who had two triple hundred in Tests and an ODI double hundred, but not a T20I hundred.
#4. All hail the charitable King Gayle
Gayle has done a lot for Jamaica. Though he isn't stingy when it comes to spending money on himself, he is enormously generous when it comes to charity.
He started the 'Chris Gayle Academy' in London and Jamaica, aiming to “improve access to good quality education, training, and employment for at-risk young people in Jamaica and the UK.”
#5. The Universe Boss
Everyone who has heard of Gayle knows of his fancy lifestyle. He calls himself 'Universe Boss' and it is suitable for someone who lives like him. He, just like retired West Indian legend Courtney Walsh, has his own bar in Jamaica, called 'Tripe Century Sports Bar'.
Gayle also owns a palatial house in Jamaica that has four garages, two swimming pools, a bar, a home cinema, and a stripper pool. He lives a very extravagant lifestyle. If one looks him up on Instagram, he would be found celebrating life in the best way one can.