Biography of Chris Gayle :- Chris Gayle was born on September 21, 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica. Christopher ‘Henry’ Gayle, an outstanding and entertaining sportsman from the Caribbean, is one of the most lively batsmen in International cricket. His smoldering looks combined with the power he possesses rare in modern day cricket. He is a gem and cricket is making full use of Gayle’s power show and cracking style. Chris Gayle is most followed and loved cricketer, oozing talent, and perfect form & fitness make him the most demanding T20 cricketer in the world. His 18 centuries in T20 format justify him the greatest T20 player of all times. He is followed by millions, hated by none, his tweets go viral, his videos made a day of millions, his batting too is phenomenal amalgamated with a sense of humor, a quality long possessed by Jamaicans. Chris Gayle still parties after the match. He has a beautiful family, a large fan base, and more money to spend than any other cricketer. Above all, he deserves each and everything he got. He is a true champion of modern-day cricket.
Biography of Chris Gayle
- Born:- 21 September 1979 (age 37), Kingston, Jamaica
- Height:- 1.88 m
- Test Debut:- 16 March 2000 v Zimbabwe
- ODI Debut:- 11 September 1999 v India
- T20I Debut:- 16 February 2006 v New Zealand
- Did You Know:- Chris Gayle has the fourth-highest individual score (215) in ODIs in a single innings.
The biography of Chris Gayle is bursting with stardom, controversies, partying, and enormity in character. The left-arm hitter was unstoppable since he made 175 against Zimbabwe. With his incomplete batting technique he faces serious problems with adjusting his footwork against Pacers. He still hit anyone anywhere, even in most unfavorable circumstances. On his day, Gayle is as destructive as a cyclone to opposition, he has no particular region to hit, and he hit a six wherever he loves to.
Christopher Henry Gayle making debut against India in 1999 was 19 at the time, he was a few days away from his twentieth birthday. Henry Gayle so far in his 17-year career had achieved far more than he had expected on his debut or when he was having disputes with his cricket board on sponsorship and stipend issues. The inauguration of IPL followed by cricket leagues worldwide made Chris Gayle what he is now, his Gaylestorm can hit any opposition anywhere with vast destruction and lots of records. Gayle has no secret but power, his ability to muscle the ball anywhere on the ground or out of the park frequently if he stays on the right end of the crease. Chris Gayle height, 6 feet and 2 inches standard for a typical Jamaican helps him dominate the opposing bowlers.
As a specialist opener and a middle order batsman, Gayle’s permanent position remained at the top order. He was always given tasks to smash every ball away, atleast to the ropes. Gayle’s left-hand batting style did nothing but puzzled spinners and quick ones as he mostly remained firm on the crease and made sweet angles for big sixes, he struggles against the shiny ball, but if, somehow manages to tackle that, Gayle is synonymous to the devastation that day.
Gayle is the most precious bet for franchise cricket in Cricket Leagues all over the world. His 175 runs in Indian Premier League are the highest ever score in T20 cricket, he is also the only player to score two centuries in T20 International cricket, only one to score a double century in World Cup, and one among the four cricketers to score two triple tons in International cricket. Gayle was second in the world to score a double century in ODI cricket, he was also the first T20 centurion when he blasted a century in 2007 World Cup.
Early Domestic and International Career
Gayle started his club cricket from Lucas Cricket Academy in Kingston. His batting abilities were polished and recognized by the club coaches and owners. Gayle admitted that if it wasn’t for Lucas Cricket Club, I must have been wandering in the streets of Jamaica today. The cricket club was later named Chris Gayle Cricket Club to honor the legend. Gayle was completely a different guy when he initiated his career. He was an off-break bowler who knows how to hit a six on every ball. His first-class debut came off in 1999 for his hometown Jamaica. His coaches at the time were pivotal in improving batting style and a little bit of technique. Still, Gayle remained what he was from the beginning. He made his ODI debut in a home series against India in September 1999. Gayle was in for Test squad a few months later, he was an occasional bowler and a genuine batsman at the time. With a slow start in International cricket, Chris Gayle made it known about his abilities when scoring a brilliant and organized 175-run inning against hosts Zimbabwe in summers of 2001. It was a start to the illustrious International career for Henry.
From Henry Gayle to World Boss
In the year 2002, Chris Gayle completed his first 1000 runs in International cricket, his three centuries in a winter series against India was a super success and a record as a third Caribbean batsman, only behind the great Brian Lara and Sir Vivian Richards reaching fastest to thousand runs in a year. After he had run into some financial disputes with WICB, Gayle was in and out of the team in 2004, his heart problem was one of the reasons he was off-colored on the field. His next best season came in 2006 in Champions Trophy Championship. He was named a player of the tournament, and his team was runners-up in the tournament while defending the championship under Lara’s captaincy. His three centuries converted to 150s, and 8 wickets in the tournament earned him a well-deserved reward.
In the coming World Cup and T20 World Cup, his performances with the bat were way below expectations. However, Chris Gayle stats in the first-ever T20 Championship in South Africa were remarkable with his first T20i century against the hosts. At that time, Chris Gayle also became the first batsman to score a century in T20is and the first one to score a century in all the formats of the game. Later in 2009, Gayle carried the bat in the ICC World T20 2009, making him first-ever T20i player to achieve the feat.
The year 2009 was a bit fortunate, he scored a brave century in 70 deliveries, it was the fifth highest century at that time, the next year was full of success and glory for Chris Gayle, it was the year he scored his second triple century, becoming only the fourth player to do so. He was dropped from the Test squad for several reasons, with a comeback in 2012. Chris Gayle was quicker and more dangerous than ever. Gayle, in his firstTest series, after years had another 150+ inning against New Zealand followed by few quick fifties full of maximums in the ICC T20 World Cup 2012.
In the same year, West Indies toured Bangladesh in November when Gayle became the only player in history to hit a six off the first ball of the test match. His aggressive and unstoppable 215 against Zimbabwe in World Cup 2015 was the first double century in World Cups and highest individual scores in World Cups and ODI cricket.
Dominance in T20 Cricket
Gayle dominated T20 cricket from day one. He was officially the most dangerous T20 batsman from 2009-2014. With two major power houses and dominant nations in Cricket starting International Cricket leagues in the 20-over format, Gayle was sought by Western Australia Warriors for 2009-10 season of Big Bash League. Before that, Gayle was offered a role in Kolkata Knight Riders for the inaugural IPL. He missed out the whole season, few matches due to injuries and other ones playing for West Indies.
Gayle finally made his IPL debut in 2009, in 2011 season of IPL. Gayle made a longlasting contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He scored a cracking knock of 102 off 55 balls in his first match in IPL. Then came another blistering knock against Kings XI Punjab, that innings was a real treat to watch including 9 sixes and 10 fours. His great form continued throughout the tournament, he amassed 608 runs in 12 matches and an orange cap along with five men of the match and a player of the series award for the season. In the next CLT20 in 2011, Gayle turned out to become a run machine scoring second-highest scores with an average above 42.
IPL 2012 was another successful season for Gayle, he hit 59 sixes in the tournament, most by any player in IPL. In the 2013 version of Indian Premier League, Gayle was retained by RCB as the most valuable and expensive player. It was the season when Gayle recorded highest runs i.e. 175 in T20 cricket, a record still unbroken against Pune Warriors India. His 30-ball century was also the fastest in IPL and T20 cricket. Gayle made another record in the Australian International League season playing for Adelaide Strikers scoring a fifty off 12 deliveries breaking the record set by Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.
While playing for other cricket leagues, Gayle was in and out due to his recurring back injuries. Gayle was part of UVA Next in SLPL, Barisal Bulls in Bangladesh Premier League for multiple seasons. Chris Gayle was one of the five icon players in the inaugural Pakistan Super League in 2016, he had the worst season playing for Lahore Qalandars making barely 103 runs in five matches, it was the reason Lahore Qalandars released him from thecontract, and Karachi Kings bought him for 2017 season of PSL. Gayle also played for Jamaican Tallahwas in the inaugural season of Caribbean Premier League.
Chris Gayle was part of English Summer season in 2005 playing for Worcestershire. Gayle had a notable performance in One Day National League match when he earned a man of the match award for his two half-centuries in five games altogether.
Chris Gayle has the most numbers of centuries in T20 Cricket. His 18 centuries in T20 cricket are unreachable for any other batsman in the format. The man nearest to him in most centuries in the format is Brandon McCullum, who has 7 in the format. Chris Gayle sixes in theT20i format is numbered 98 as of December 2016. Overall, Gayle has scored 39 International centuries, among them, 15 tests hundreds, 22 ODI centuries and 2 in T20 Internationals.
Chris Gayle Controversies
His first controversial year was 2005 when Gayle stood up against WICB on sponsorship and other financial issues along with his teammates. He was charged for discipline and later banned by board along with few other players. In 2006, Chris Gayle got into an on-field face-off with Michael Clarke that resulted in a warning and 30 % match fee penalty from ICC. In 2011, Gayle was again in a direct conflict with West Indian Cricket Board and President of the board. In January 2016, during a match, Gayle asked the Network Ten reporter for a drink after the match followed by a controversial “Don’t Blush Baby” comment that resulted in a social media outrage. Gayle wasn’t serious about the comments as he rejected the allegations saying it was merely a joke. He was also banned and fined by Australian Cricket Board for the comments.
Chris Gayle Family and Personal Life
Chris Gayle was born on September 21, 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica .He belonged to a poor background, his father Dudley Gayle was a policeman while his mother used to sell dry fruits to make both ends meet. Gayle worked hard to get what he has now. He is now a renowned celebrity in the Caribbean. He has six brothers and sisters, he was fifth among them. With a great taste in cars, food, and women, Gayle finally married Natasha Berridge in 2015 in a grand wedding ceremony in Jamaica. Chris Gayle wife is a co-founder of ULTRA Carnival. Gayle named his daughter ‘Blush’ after a controversy took place in BBL 2016 season when Chris Gayle asked a female Australian reporter on a date. Australian media made a huge debate out of the news with his sexist comments “Don’t blush baby,” when Gayle’s daughter was born, he added the word Blush with Kris-Allyna Gayle.