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Chris Gayle


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BATTING STATS

GAME TYPE M INN RUNS BF NO AVG SR 100s 50s HS 4s 6s CT ST
ODIs 301 294 10480 12029 17 37.83 87.12 25 54 215 1128 331 125 0
TESTs 103 182 7214 11970 11 42.19 60.27 15 37 333 1046 98 96 0
T20s 58 54 1627 1139 4 32.54 142.84 2 13 117 137 105 14 0
BOWLING STATS

GAME TYPE M INN OVERS RUNS WKTS AVG ECO BEST 5Ws 10Ws
ODIs 301 199 1237 5926 167 35.49 4.79 46/5 1 0
TESTs 103 104 1184 3120 73 42.74 2.63 34/5 2 0
T20s 58 23 53 377 17 22.18 7.09 15/2 0 0
ABOUT

Chris Gayle is the only West Indian cricketer to have scored a hundred in a T20I, a double hundred in an ODI and a triple hundred in Test cricket.


Table of Contents


  1. Biography - About Chris Gayle
  2. Chris Gayle : Along the Years
  3. Records
  4. Awards
  5. Career
  6. Family


Biography - About Chris Gayle


Even at the age of 40, this opener is considered as the best T20 player in the history of the game and his statistics strongly approve of it. He is the only cricketer to feature in 400 T20 games. Gayle has made a mark in all three formats of the game and is one of the sporting gems that the Caribbean islands have excavated.


Chris Gayle : Along the Years


YearAgeAchievement
199919ODI debut against India
200020Test debut against Zimbabwe
200222Played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002
200323Played in the ICC ODI World Cup 2003
200424Won the ICC Champions Trophy 2004
200525Played for ICC World XI
200525Joined Worcestershire
200626T20I debut against New Zealand
200627Played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006
200627Man of the Tournament at Champions Trophy 2006
200727Played in the ICC ODI World Cup 2007
200727Played in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007
200828Joined the Kolkata Knight Riders
200929Led West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009
200930Joined the Western Australia Warriors
201030Led West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2010
201131Played in the ICC ODI World Cup 2011
201131Joined Royal Challengers Bangalore
201132Joined Sydney Thunder
201232Joined the Barisal Burners
201232Won the ICC T20 World Cup 2012
201333Joined the Dhaka Gladiators
201333Played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013
201333Joined the Jamaica Tallawahs
201434Played in the ICC T20 World Cup 2014
201535Played in the ICC ODI World Cup 2015
201536Joined the Barisal Bulls
201536Joined the Melbourne Renegades
201636Joined the Lahore Qalandars
201636Joined Somerset
201636Won the ICC T20 World Cup 2016
201637Joined Chittagong Vikings
201737Joined the Karachi Kings
201737Joined the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
201738Joined the Rangpur Riders
201838Joined the Kings XI Punjab
201838Joined the Vancouver Knights
201838Joined the Multan Sultans
201839Joined the Balkh Legends
201839Joined the Jozi Stars
201939Played in the ICC ODI World Cup 2019


Records


Domestic or T20 League Records


  1. Highest run-getter in T20 cricket (13,152* runs)
  2. Highest run-getter in IPL 2011 (608 runs)
  3. Highest run-getter in IPL 2012 (733 runs)
  4. Chris Gayle 175 in IPL is the highest individual score in T20 cricket
  5. Has scored the fastest century in T20 cricket (30 balls vs Pune Warriors India)
  6. Most sixes in an innings in T20 cricket (18 vs Dynamites)
  7. Has equalled the record for fastest fifty in T20 cricket (12 balls vs Adelaide Strikers)
  8. Only batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket
  9. First batsman to hit 100 T20I sixes
  10. Has most centuries in T20 cricket (22)
  11. Has most centuries in IPL cricket (6)
  12. Has the highest individual score in a losing cause in T20 cricket (151* vs Kent)


International Records


  1. Most capped player for West Indies (461* matches)
  2. Only cricketer to have scored a triple century in Tests, double century in ODIs and a century in T20Is
  3. Highest run-getter for West Indies in ODIs (10,425*)
  4. Highest run-getter for West Indies in T20Is (1,627*)
  5. Highest run-getter in ICC Champions Trophy 2006 (474 runs)
  6. Scored the first-ever T20I hundred and became the first player to score hundreds in all three formats
  7. Fourth cricketer to score two Test triple hundreds
  8. First cricketer to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match
  9. Only West Indian to score a double hundred in ODIs (215 vs Zimbabwe)
  10. Has scored the fastest double century in ODIs (138 balls)
  11. First cricketer to score a double hundred in the ODI World Cup (215 vs Zimbabwe)
  12. Involved in the highest partnership in World Cups (372 with Marlon Samuels vs Zimbabwe)
  13. Has hit most sixes in World Cup history (49*)
  14. Has hit most sixes for West Indies in Test cricket (98*)
  15. Has played most number of World Cup matches for West Indies (35*)
  16. Only player to have hit centuries in ICC U19 World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and in ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
  17. Has scored the fastest ODI fifty for West Indies (19 balls)
  18. Highest run-getter in ICC Champions Trophy (791* runs)
  19. Has hit the most number of sixes in international cricket (534*)


Awards


  1. Man of the Tournament in ICC Champions Trophy 2006
  2. ‘Jamaican Sportsman of the Year’ in 2010
  3. Orange Cap in IPL 2011
  4. Maximum sixes award in IPL 2011
  5. Most Valuable Player in IPL 2011
  6. Orange Cap in IPL 2012
  7. Maximum sixes award in IPL 2012
  8. Maximum sixes award in IPL 2013
  9. Maximum sixes award in IPL 2015
  10. ‘Order of Distinction’ (OD) awarded by Jamaican Honours System


Career


Domestic Career


Gayle started playing cricket as a kid at the Lucas Cricket Club in his hometown, Kingston. He played for the youth teams in Jamaica before making his international debut. He did not have to fight it out hard at the domestic level as he made his international debut just 11 months after making his First Class debut for Jamaica.


However, he made his way back into domestic cricket in 2006, where he joined the English county Worcestershire to play in the County Championship season. He played three First Class games and five one-dayers. He scored four half-centuries in 8 matches.


International Career


A 19-year-old Chris Gayle made his international debut in an ODI against Indian Cricket Team at Toronto in Canada on 10 September 1999. He scored just 1 run batting at No. 4. He also bowled 6 overs that fetched 37 runs out of the 165 that India scored for victory.


Six months later, he played his first-ever Test match against Zimbabwe in Trinidad that started on 15 March 2000. He scored 33 in the first innings and a golden duck in the second. Gayle also picked up figures of 3/25 in the first innings. The home side eventually won the contest by 35 runs.


He made a name for himself in 2002 when he registered three centuries against India and joined the greats like Sir Vivian Richards and Brian Lara to the list of West Indians with more than 1,000 international runs in a calendar year. He then had an ordinary couple of years before 2005.

Afghanistan v West Indies - ICC Cricket World Cup 2019


In 2005, he was picked to play the Test matches against South Africa. In the fourth Test, he scored his maiden triple century (317) to save the game and recorded the highest individual score against South African cricket team at that time. However, his career was threatened after he had a few heart problems in the series that followed. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect causing a cardiac dysrhythmia. But given how strong the man he is mentally and physically, he came back to Test cricket soon and became only the fourth West Indian to carry his bat in a Test innings.


Gayle made his T20I debut against New Zealand on 16 February 2006 at Eden Park in Auckland. He opened the innings and scored just 10 runs off 12 balls. He returned with figures of 2/22 in his 4 overs. Interestingly, both sides could manage only 126 runs and the result was obtained after a ‘bowl-out’. The hosts won the game.


He then participated in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and made the tournament his own. He scored 150 runs more than any other batsman in the tournament and became the highest run-getter in the competition with 474 runs under his belt. He also took 8 wickets in the series and was awarded the ‘Man of the Tournament’ award.


The Jamaican could not continue his form in the ICC ODI World Cup 2007 that followed. However, he was once again at his best when the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup was played a few months later. He recorded the first-ever T20 international hundred in the tournament. He thus became the first cricketer to score centuries in three different formats at the international level.


He was made captain of the West Indies side in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 after getting criticized for playing in the IPL 2008 and missing an international series a few months before. Gayle scored a quickfire 88 in the opening game of the tournament and helped the Windies beat the mighty Australians. They lost in the semi-final to Sri Lanka.


In December 2009, he scored a 70-ball century in a Test match against Australia, which was the fifth-fastest Test century at that time. Eleven months later, he registered another triple century (333) and became just the fourth cricketer to score two triple centuries in Test cricket after Sir Donald Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag.


He also led West Indies in the 2010 edition of the ICC T20 World Cup. Another major point in his career came in the ICC T20 World Cup 2012. He scored a blazing knock of 75 runs against Australia in the semi-final of the tournament to power the Windies into the final. Gayle’s 75 was the highest individual score of the competition. The ‘Men in Maroon’ went on to win the coveted trophy for the first time 2 days later.


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He was selected to play the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England. He was West Indies’s highest run-getter in the tournament with 96 runs in 3 innings. Fast forward to ICC T20 World Cup 2014, Chris Gayle was once again the leading run-getter for West Indies with 143 runs in 5 innings.


The ICC ODI World Cup 2015 was his fourth consecutive ICC ODI World Cup. The ‘legend’ was once again the leading run-getter in the tournament. He scored 340 runs in 6 innings. He scored his maiden ODI double hundred in this competition and became the first cricketer to do so in a World Cup. In the same innings, he shared a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels, which is the highest partnership in a World Cup game till date.


Gayle was once again a part of a successful campaign for West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 where they became the first team to win the title twice. Gayle scored 113 runs in 4 innings.


The Jamaican played his fifth consecutive ICC ODI World Cup in 2019. He had announced before the start of the tournament that he will retire from ODI cricket as soon as the competition gets over. He managed to score only 242 runs in 8 games and then all of a sudden decided to continue his ODI career. In the World Cup, he became the most capped player for West Indies with 455 appearances in international cricket.


He decided to take a break from cricket for a while in December 2019. His return date is unknown.


T20 Leagues Career


The hard-hitting batsman was signed by the Western Australia Warriors for the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League in 2009/10. The same year, he was also picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders to play in the second edition of the Indian Premier League. He had quite ordinary two seasons with them before switching to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011.


The switch proved to be quite beneficial for him as he emerged as the highest run-getter in the tournament with 608 runs to his name with 2 hundreds and 3 fifties. He also hit the most number of sixes that season. He hit 44 sixes while the second name on the list, MS Dhoni, had hit just 23 even after playing 4 more innings. He received five ‘Man of the Match’ awards in the season and was also named the ‘Most Valuable Player’ of IPL 2011.


West Indies v India - One Day International Series


In the BBL, he moved to Sydney Thunder for the following season. He was the highest run-getter in the series with 293 runs including a century. He then participated in the Bangladesh Premier League playing for the Barisal Burners and scored two centuries in the season.


He continued his exemplary form in the 2012 edition of the IPL as well. He scored 733 runs in 14 matches and became the first cricketer to win two IPL Orange Caps. He won it in consecutive seasons. He also scored the maximum number of sixes (59) in the season once again. However, his best individual performance in T20 history came in the following season.


Chris Gayle highest score in IPL and in T20 cricket came against Pune Warriors India on 23 April 2013 when he scored 175 not out in just 66 balls. He broke multiple records in the innings including the fastest century in any form of competitive cricket (30 balls) and the then most number of sixes in a T20 innings (17). To add to it, he also took 2 wickets in the match.


He had fairly ordinary seasons of T20 cricket till 2016. He played for the Adelaide Striker in the Big Bash League in 2016 and equaled Yuvraj Singh’s record of fastest fifty in T20 cricket (12 balls). The same year, he played for the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan super League and managed only 103 runs in 5 matches. The following year, he played for the Karachi Kings and managed only 160 runs in 9 games.


In April 2017, Christopher Henry Gayle became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. He had a turnaround year in IPL 2018, when the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) snapped him for his base price of INR 2 crore after being snubbed by his previous franchise all of a sudden. He scored 368 runs in 2018 and 490 runs in 2019 for KXIP.


Family


Chris was born to Dudley and Hazel Gayle. He married his longtime girlfriend Natasha Berridge on 31 May 2009. He became a father to his daughter Blush on 20 April 2016.


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