Chris Gayle (1979-)

Personal Information

  • Full Name: Christopher Henry Gayle
  • Date of Birth: September 21, 1979
  • Nationality: Jamaican
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Current Team(s)

  • West Indies Cricket
  • Jozi Stars

Role

  • Opening Batsman / Left-hand Batsman

Family

  • Spouse: Natasha Berridge
  • Father: Dudley Gayle

Most Recent Matches

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MatchRunsBalls Faced4s6sStrike RateOversRuns ConcededWicketsEconomy Rate
TXC vs MVU6610100.000000
CK vs MVU161021160.000000
NJT vs MVU171420121.430000
NYW vs MVU121211100.000000
SJ vs MP390033.330000

Batting Statistics

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Game TypeMatInnRBFNOAvgS/R100s50sH4s6sCtSt
ODIs30129410,48012,0191737.8387.1925542151,1283311240
TESTs1031827,21411,9701142.1860.2615373331,04698960
T20Is79751,8991,381727.92137.50214117158124200
T20s46345514,56210,0605336.22144.7522881751,1321,0561040
LISTAs37336513,18902438.6702970215001540
FIRSTCLASS18032113,22602644.8303264333000

Bowling Statistics

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Game TypeMatInnOversRunsWicketsAvgE/RBest5w10w
ODIs3011991237.2592616735.484.785/4610
TESTs1031041184.531207342.732.636/8120
T20Is793063.34402022.006.922/1500
T20s463145343.326188331.547.624/2200
LISTAs37301616.4738022932.224.565/4610
FIRSTCLASS18002085.1519413239.342.4920

Biography – Chris Gayle: A Cricketing Legend

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At the age of 40, Chris Gayle continues to shine as an extraordinary opener in the world of cricket, particularly in the dynamic realm of T20 cricket. His outstanding statistics unequivocally affirm his status as the best T20 player in the history of the sport. Notably, Gayle holds the unique distinction of being the sole cricketer to have participated in a staggering 400 T20 matches. Beyond his T20 prowess, he has left an indelible mark on all three formats of the game. Chris Gayle stands as one of the brightest sporting gems unearthed from the Caribbean islands.

Chris Gayle: His Journey Through the Years

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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
200627Named Man 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

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Domestic or T20 League Records

  • Highest run-scorer in T20 cricket (13,152* runs)
  • Highest run-scorer in IPL 2011 (608 runs)
  • Highest run-scorer in IPL 2012 (733 runs)
  • Chris Gayle’s 175 in IPL stands as the highest individual score in T20 cricket
  • Holder of the record for the fastest century in T20 cricket (30 balls vs Pune Warriors India)
  • Most sixes in an innings in T20 cricket (18 vs Dynamites)
  • Equaled the record for the fastest fifty in T20 cricket (12 balls vs Adelaide Strikers)
  • Sole batsman to amass 10,000 runs in T20 cricket
  • The first batsman to achieve 100 T20I sixes
  • Holds the record for the most centuries in T20 cricket (22)
  • Boasts the most centuries in IPL cricket (6)
  • Registered the highest individual score in a losing cause in T20 cricket (151* vs Kent)

International Records

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  • Most capped player for West Indies (461* matches)
  • The only cricketer to achieve a triple century in Tests, a double century in ODIs, and a century in T20Is
  • Highest run-scorer for West Indies in ODIs (10,425*)
  • Highest run-scorer for West Indies in T20Is (1,627*)
  • Highest run-scorer in ICC Champions Trophy 2006 (474 runs)
  • Recorded the first-ever T20I hundred and became the inaugural player to notch centuries in all three formats
  • One of four cricketers to score two Test triple centuries
  • The first cricketer to strike a six off the first ball of a Test match
  • The sole West Indian to achieve a double hundred in ODIs (215 vs Zimbabwe)
  • Holder of the record for the fastest double century in ODIs (138 balls)
  • The first cricketer to register a double hundred in the ODI World Cup (215 vs Zimbabwe)
  • Part of the highest partnership in World Cups (372 with Marlon Samuels vs Zimbabwe)
  • Holds the record for the most sixes in World Cup history (49*)
  • Boasts the most sixes for West Indies in Test cricket (98*)
  • Participated in the most World Cup matches for West Indies (35*)
  • The only player to score centuries in ICC U19 World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, and ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
  • Achieved the fastest ODI fifty for West Indies (19 balls)
  • Highest run-scorer in ICC Champions Trophy (791* runs)
  • Holds the record for the most number of sixes in international cricket (534*)

Awards

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  • Man of the Tournament in ICC Champions Trophy 2006
  • Jamaican Sportsman of the Year’ in 2010
  • Orange Cap in IPL 2011
  • Maximum Sixes Award in IPL 2011
  • Most Valuable Player in IPL 2011
  • Orange Cap in IPL 2012
  • Maximum Sixes Award in IPL 2012
  • Maximum Sixes Award in IPL 2013
  • Maximum Sixes Award in IPL 2015
  • ‘Order of Distinction’ (OD) awarded by the Jamaican Honors System

Career

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Domestic Career

Chris Gayle’s journey in cricket commenced during his childhood at the Lucas Cricket Club in his hometown of Kingston. He displayed his talent and dedication by representing youth teams in Jamaica before his leap into the international arena. Remarkably, his ascent to the international stage occurred with remarkable speed, as he debuted just 11 months after making his First-Class debut for Jamaica.

Nonetheless, in 2006, Gayle decided to revisit domestic cricket. During that season, he joined the English county Worcestershire to participate in the County Championship. This venture led him to play three First-Class matches and five one-dayers. Notably, he left his mark with four half-centuries in just 8 matches, showcasing his prowess in the domestic circuit once again.

International Career

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Chris Gayle embarked on his international journey at the tender age of 19, stepping onto the cricketing stage in an ODI against the Indian Cricket Team in Toronto, Canada, on September 10, 1999. Batting at No. 4, he contributed just 1 run to the scoreboard and bowled 6 overs, conceding 37 runs out of India’s total of 165 runs, which led to their victory.

Six months later, on March 15, 2000, he made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in Trinidad. In his first Test match, Gayle showcased his potential, scoring 33 runs in the first innings and experiencing a golden duck in the second. Notably, he also excelled with the ball, achieving figures of 3/25 in the first innings. The home side clinched victory in the match by a margin of 35 runs.

The year 2002 marked a turning point in Gayle’s career, as he etched his name in cricketing history by notching up three centuries against India. His achievement placed him in the esteemed company of West Indian legends like Sir Vivian Richards and Brian Lara, as one of the West Indians to amass over 1,000 international runs in a single calendar year. However, Gayle faced a relatively ordinary period in the following couple of years before a resurgence in 2005.


Chris Gayle: A Cricketer’s Journey

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In 2005, Chris Gayle was selected to represent his nation in Test matches against South Africa. It was in the fourth Test that he etched his name in cricket history by scoring his maiden triple century, a remarkable 317 runs. Not only did this extraordinary innings save the game, but it also stood as the highest individual score against the South African cricket team at the time. However, a cloud of uncertainty loomed over his career due to some heart problems during the following series. A diagnosis revealed a congenital heart defect causing a cardiac dysrhythmia. Yet, with his remarkable mental and physical strength, Gayle made a swift return to Test cricket, emerging as the fourth West Indian cricketer to carry his bat in a Test innings.

In the world of T20 Internationals, Chris Gayle made his debut against New Zealand on February 16, 2006, at Eden Park in Auckland. Opening the innings, he contributed 10 runs off 12 balls and made his presence felt with figures of 2/22 in 4 overs. An intriguing twist came in a match where both teams could only muster 126 runs, ultimately resulting in a ‘bowl-out’ that saw the hosts emerge victorious.

Subsequently, Gayle showcased his prowess in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006, standing out as the tournament’s star. He accumulated 150 runs more than any other batsman and secured the position of the highest run-scorer in the competition, tallying 474 runs. He didn’t stop at batting glory; Gayle also took 8 wickets throughout the series and was duly awarded the ‘Man of the Tournament.’

While his form may have wavered in the ICC ODI World Cup 2007, he once again reached his zenith during the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup. In this groundbreaking event, Gayle notched the first-ever T20 international century, becoming the first cricketer to score centuries in all three international formats.

In 2009, Gayle was appointed captain of the West Indies side in the ICC T20 World Cup. His ferocious 88 in the opening game helped the Windies triumph over the mighty Australians. Their journey, however, was halted in the semi-finals by Sri Lanka.

In December 2009, Gayle accomplished a remarkable 70-ball century in a Test match against Australia, then the fifth-fastest Test century on record. Just eleven months later, he reached another milestone by scoring a triple century (333). With this feat, he joined an elite group, including Sir Donald Bradman, Brian Lara, and Virender Sehwag, as one of the few cricketers to score two triple centuries in Test cricket.

His leadership extended to the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup, and another standout moment in his career unfolded during the ICC T20 World Cup 2012. Gayle’s explosive 75 runs against Australia in the semi-final propelled the Windies into the final, with his score being the highest of the tournament. Two days later, the West Indies secured their first T20 World Cup trophy.

Gayle’s presence was felt in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, as he emerged as the leading run-scorer for the West Indies, accumulating 96 runs in three innings. This continued in the ICC T20 World Cup 2014, where he once again led his team with 143 runs in five innings.

As the ICC ODI World Cup 2015 marked his fourth consecutive appearance, Chris Gayle once more reigned as the tournament’s leading run-scorer. He amassed 340 runs in six innings, including his maiden ODI double century. In the same innings, he forged a legendary 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels, a record that still stands as the highest in a World Cup match.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2016 witnessed West Indies’ triumph once more, and Gayle contributed with 113 runs in four innings.

Gayle’s journey continued into his fifth consecutive ICC ODI World Cup in 2019, announcing his retirement from ODI cricket at the start of the tournament. Despite managing to score 242 runs in eight games, he made a surprising decision to prolong his ODI career. During the World Cup, he earned the distinction of becoming the most capped player for West Indies, with 455 appearances in international cricket.

In December 2019, Chris Gayle opted for a cricketing hiatus, with his return date remaining unknown. His extraordinary journey in the world of cricket, marked by records and remarkable achievements, continues to captivate cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

T20 Leagues Career of Chris Gayle

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Chris Gayle’s journey in T20 leagues has been nothing short of remarkable. In the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League in 2009/10, he was signed by the Western Australia Warriors. The same year, he embarked on his Indian Premier League (IPL) journey with the Kolkata Knight Riders. His initial IPL seasons were relatively ordinary, prompting a move to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011.

This switch proved to be a game-changer for Gayle, as he emerged as the highest run-scorer in the tournament that year, amassing 608 runs, including two centuries and three fifties. He also displayed his prowess in hitting sixes, notching up an astonishing 44, far surpassing the second-ranked MS Dhoni, who managed only 23 sixes despite playing four more innings. Gayle’s exceptional performances earned him five ‘Man of the Match’ awards and the coveted title of ‘Most Valuable Player’ of IPL 2011.

In the Big Bash League, he donned the Sydney Thunder colors in the following season, becoming the highest run-scorer with 293 runs, featuring a century. His T20 excellence continued in the Bangladesh Premier League, where he represented the Barisal Burners, recording two centuries during the season.

In the 2012 IPL edition, Gayle’s brilliance shone once more as he amassed 733 runs in 14 matches. He clinched the IPL Orange Cap for the second consecutive season and also dominated the sixes chart with an impressive tally of 59. However, his most iconic T20 innings occurred in the subsequent season.

On April 23, 2013, Gayle etched his name in the annals of T20 history with a spectacular performance against Pune Warriors India, scoring an unbeaten 175 runs in just 66 balls. This innings shattered multiple records, including the fastest century in any form of competitive cricket (30 balls) and the highest number of sixes in a T20 innings (17). As if that weren’t enough, he also contributed with the ball, taking 2 wickets in the same match.

While his T20 career had some ups and downs, 2017 marked a significant milestone as Christopher Henry Gayle became the first cricketer to amass 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. His fortunes fluctuated in subsequent seasons, but a turnaround came in IPL 2018 when the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) acquired him for his base price of INR 2 crore. He responded with 368 runs in 2018 and 490 runs in 2019 for KXIP, reaffirming his stature as one of the T20 format’s most formidable players.

Chris Gayle’s Family

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Chris Gayle, the renowned cricketer, is the son of Dudley and Hazel Gayle. On May 31, 2009, he embarked on a new chapter in his life by marrying his longtime girlfriend, Natasha Berridge. The couple welcomed their daughter, Blush, on April 20, 2016, further enriching their family.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/player/chris-gayle

https://www.cricbuzz.com/profiles/247/chris-gayle

https://www.espncricinfo.com/cricketers/chris-gayle-51880

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