Chris Gayle Facts And Career – Having announced that this ICC ODI Cricket World Cup will be the last time he’ll be taking to the field in the ODI format, Chris Gayle has been amassing huge runs in the recent ongoing series against England. Called back to his country’s side after a long hiatus, Gayle on sluggish and completely dry pitches has been taking a toll of the English bowlers, with his recent innings seeing him score 162 off just 97 balls, an innings in which he hit 12 sixes.
Over the course of his career, Gayle has been known for a style of batting which has been to hit the ball to the fence or flounder in the attempt of doing so. It’s an approach that has served him well, seeing him get a massive amount of runs through some high scoring, quick innings which we take a look at along with his career and other facts of the batsman.
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Chris Gayle Facts And Career
- Born into a less fortune family, Gayle’s father, worked as a policeman, while his mother sold peanuts to earn extra money to run the household. The only cricketing links in the family arose from his grandfather who had played club cricket during his time that lead Gayle to take up the game.
- His first step in the cricketing world came when he played for the Lucas Cricket Club from which he started gaining the attention of the selectors. He was first selected to represent his country for the West Indian youth international team.
- Playing his first international match in 1999, it took 2 years until Gayle was fully able to showcase what he’s capable of. His 175 runs against Zimbabwe in July 2001 and 214 run opening stand asserted his place in the side regularly from where he went onto open the batting for his side.
- Gayle enjoyed one of the best cricketing year of his career in 2002 when he scored three centuries in a series against India and became only the third West Indian cricketer to score 1000 runs in one year.
- However owing to his uncontained style of batting, Gayle was largely inconsistent with especially the test cricket format being one he failed to flourish in. Slammed by many for mistiming the ball too oftenly, 2005 finally saw Gayle seal a permanent berth in the longest format of the game with a triple century against Sri Lanka.
- The 2006 Champions Trophy saw him score 474 runs and take eight wickets in the tournament. However, he failed to perform consistently yet again, with the world cup the following year seeing his form dwindle yet again.
- Despite clearly having many lapses in his batting technique at the time, his hard hitting approach helped him become one of the main buys in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. It gradually became a tournament that saw his show his capabilities in the limited overs format, as he went onto make the most of the batting friendly conditions prevalent in India, seeing most of his success come with RCB.
- After going downhill in the recent times, Gayle found himself not picked till the final round of auctions in 2018 when the Kings XI Punjab finally swept in to get him in their setup. He has scored 3563 IPL runs in 96 matches, with an average of 42.93 that include six centuries to his name.
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- In total he has contested in over 50 international T20 matches till now and has scored 1519 runs, with an average of 35.33 runs. The ODI format has seen him play 300 matches for West Indies with the upcoming ODI Cricket World Cup in May expected to be the last time he represents his country.
- Gayle has often come under flak for his unsavoury comments that have seen him unable to flourish in the game for too long. In 2009 he had said in an interview that he didn’t mind if the T20 format completely replaced test cricket, something that had not gone down well with the international fraternity.
- Recently, in July 2017, Gayle was among those West Indies senior players who had fallen out with their cricket board after failing to reach an agreement in terms of their contract fees. He’s ever since not been able to restore semblance with the management and it was only until now that he was once again called up to the ODI team against England.
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