Chris Gayle: A Ferocious Left-Handed Batsman
The most feared Batsman in the world Christopher Henry “Chris” Gayle was born 21 September 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica. Known as GayleForce and GayleStorm he is a clean hitter of the cricket ball and popular for stand and deliver style using less foot and more of the powerful back lift of the bat. Chris Gayle plays for West Indies in International Cricket format of T-20, ODI and Test matches.
He had an on and off relationship with the West Indies cricket board over sponsorship issues and didn’t played for country for almost a year in 2011. But it’s his passion for the game that saved him, he made a strong comeback in June 2012 against New Zealand and West Indies won the T-20 as well as ODI series with Gayle’s brilliant contribution.
World T-20 cup glory in 2012
Gayle destructed every opposition with very fine opening stands making 3 half centuries with a match winning knock against Australia in the Semi-Finals crushing them. Gayle’s presence must have boosted the morale of West Indies cricket team and they ended triumphantly winning the T-20 crown in Sri Lanka. It’s his cool & sporty attitude plus traditional Jamaican celebration style that team kept cool yet aggressive throughout the tournament including the Finals.
All ended well for the team West Indies, and a new celebration style “Gangnam” got credited much all over the world due to adoption by this team.
Gayle has various records associated with his name in every format of the game. 6 feet 5 inches tall player is also very effective in Right arm off break bowling and is known for getting a breakthrough in crucial times when his team needed from him. Playing left handed as a batsman he stand in slip position at start of a game as his mere presence can rumble competing team, he plays the role of a all-rounder. Here are a few facts and records:
- He is amongst the four elite Batsman in the world who have scored two Triple centuries in Test cricket with Donald Bradman, Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara.
- He is the one of the three batsman to score three 150+ plus runs in ODI’s with Brian Lara and Vivian Richards being other two.
- He is laughing, charming and always doing some crazy things on the field that Tony Cozier once called him “the Laughing Cavalier”.
- He is the first Batsman to score a hundred in T-20 format against South Africa in 2007 world cup game (117) and also first to score centuries in all three formats of the game.
- He has played for various clubs and is playing domestic as well as leagues in India, Australia etc. He is associated with Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League, Sydney Thunder, Barisal Burners, Western Warriors, Worcestershire in countries like England etc.