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Chris Gayle

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
West Indies, ICC World XI, Jamaica, Matabeleland Tuskers, PCA Masters XI, Stanford Super Stars, West Indies A, West Indies Inv XI, Worcestershire, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, Bangalore, Kolkata, Western Australia, West Indies Under-19, Somerset, Sydney Thunder, Barisal Burners, Dhaka Gladiators, Uva Next, Jamaica Tallawahs
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | AllRounder
ICC Rank:
Batting:
29
Bowling:
69
Batting:
48
Bowling:
0
Batting:
11
Bowling:
0
Home country:
West Indies
Born:
September 21, 1979, Kingston, Jamaica

Profile

His 'devil may care' style of play has come under harsh criticism on several occasions but with his unparalleled histrionics, Chris Gayle has, time and again proved his critics wrong, and has been the batsman West Indies gamble on for those rollicking starts, at least in the shorter formats of the game.

A regular member in the West Indies youth side, Gayle caught everyone's eye when he cracked a wonderful 141 on their Under-19 tour to Bangladesh and thereafter was hand-picked to represent his hometown , Jamaica, aged just 19. At Jamaica, he grew in stature and just 11 months later, he played his first ODI for the West Indies and consequently made his Test debut six months later. But he succumbed to pressure and after being offered several chances, was dropped. Gayle, however, redeemed himself in 2002 with a double century against New Zealand which was followed by a fantastic away series in India thereby sealing his place in the side. His 317 against South Africa in 2005 was breath-taking and his 2006 Champions Trophy performance provided an icing on the cake. He was offered captaincy in 2007 and the Jamaican did reasonably well with a relatively weak West Indian team at his disposal. In 2009, Gayle displayed two extremely contrasting sides of his personality, scoring an unbeaten 165 in a Test against Australia that took more than seven hours, while smashing the fifth fastest Test century off just 70 balls, in the next match. He followed it up with a triple hundred against Sri Lanka next year, becoming only the fourth batsman to score two triple tons in Tests.

Gayle was drafted in for Dirk Nannes as a mid-season replacement for Bangalore in the Indian T20 League under controversial circumstances but since then, he has been the undisputed king of Twenty20. The mighty Jamaican became an element of surprise as he single-handedly guided his team all the way to finals. He carried his form in the next edition, once again proving to be an unstoppable force. In the sixth season, 'Gaylestorm' as he is fondly known, smashed the fastest T20 century in the world against Pune off just 30 balls, a record, which only his firepower could pull off. There was no surprise when Bangalore named him as one of the retained players for 2014, the 7th season.

One of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball in the modern game, Gayle is known to put opposition bowlers under pressure with his no-holds-barred style of batting. Most dangerous on the off side, Gayle's style is not exactly copy book but he still has a technique which is quite effective. His darting off spinners has also proved handy in ODIs and at a time when West Indies have failed to produce even decent batsmen, Gayle is naturally a silver lining. His form, especially in ODIs between 2012 and 2013 dipped to a great extent but given his destructive nature, he should bounce back soon enough.


Fast Facts

  • Chris Gayle is among the few West Indian players to have scored more than 6000 runs in Test cricket.
  • Gayle holds the record for most number of centuries for a West Indian in ODIs.
  • He became the first West Indian to score more than 7000 runs and take more than 150 wickets in ODIs.
  • Gayle also became the first player to score a triple century against South Africa.
  • He has the unique distinction of scoring a 100 in all three formats of the game.
  • Gayle is the first player to have scored a century on T20 WC debut.
  • He finished IPL 4 as the tournament's leading run-scorer, with 608 runs, and hence bagged the 'Orange Cap'.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 99 174 6933 9 42.01 59.90 15 34 333
ODI 255 250 8743 17 37.52 84.22 21 45 153*
T20 42 41 1239 3 32.60 135.55 1 11 117
IPL 59 58 2512 10 52.33 160.20 4 16 175*
CLT20 6 6 257 0 42.83 178.47 0 2 92
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 99 101 6899 3024 72 5/34 / 42.00 2.62 2 2 0 23
ODI 255 183 7032 5556 157 5/46 / 35.38 4.74 3 1 0 160
T20 42 22 301 360 15 2/15 / 24.00 7.17 0 0 0 6
IPL 59 32 477 646 16 3/21 / 40.37 8.12 0 0 0 24
CLT20 6 5 48 93 0 0/6 / - 11.62 0 0 0 6
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 90 0 2
ODI 108 0 13
T20 11 0 0
IPL 14 0 0
CLT20 2 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 20 3 9 0 8 15
ODI 53 17 30 0 6 32.08
T20 17 6 10 1 0 35.29

Career

Span:
Test:
2000-2013
 
ODI:
1999-2013
 
T20:
2006-2014
 
IPL:
2009-2013
 
CLT20:
2011-2011
Test
Debut:
West Indies Vs Zimbabwe at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain - Trinidad - Mar 16, 2000
Last played:
West Indies Vs India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - Nov 14, 2013
ODI
Debut:
West Indies Vs India at Cricket Skating and Curling Club, Toronto - Sep 11, 1999
Last played:
West Indies Vs India at Nehru Stadium, Kochi - Nov 21, 2013
T20
Debut:
West Indies Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 16, 2006
Last played:
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 03, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Hyderabad at Newlands, Cape Town - Apr 19, 2009
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Chennai at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - May 18, 2013
CLT20
Debut:
Bangalore Vs Warriors at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Sep 23, 2011
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Mumbai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Oct 09, 2011
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