Christopher Henry Gayle
(West Indies Cricketer)
The only batsman to have ever hit a six off the first ball of a test match, Chris Gayle is the Sachin Tendulkar of the shortest format when it comes in terms of hitting tons. This Jamaican Giant is widely recognized for his huge hitting abilities and has titled his autobiography Six Machine, which aptly suits him. Nicknamed as Universe Boss, Chris Gayle plays international cricket for West Indies and has numerous world records from scoring centuries to hitting maximums.
|Nickname:||Universe Boss, World Boss|
|Autobiography:||Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It|
|Weight (approx.):||95-98 Kg|
|Date of Birth:||21 September 1979|
|Age (as on 2017):||37 years|
|Birth Place:||Kingston Jamaica|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Virgo|
|School:||Excelsior High School|
|Educational Qualifications:||High Schools|
|Test:||vs Zimbabwe on 16 March 2000|
|ODI:||vs India on 11 September 1998|
|T20:||vs New Zealand on 16 February 2016|
|Jersey Number:||#45 (WI), #333 (IPL)|
|Domestic/State Team:||Jamaica, Worcestershire, Stanford Superstars, Kolkata Knight Riders, Western Australia, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sydney Thunder, Matabeleland Tuskers, Barisal Burners, Jamaica Tallawahs, Dhaka Gladiators, Highveld Lions, Somerset, Barisal Bulls, Lahore Qalandars, Chittagong Vikings, Multan Sultans, Kings XI Punjab, Karachi Kings, Rangpur Riders, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Melbourne Renegades (2018 and present)|
|Nature on field:||Fun loving|
|Likes to play against:||NA|
|Favourite Shot:||Pull shot|
- The first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match (2012)
- One of only four players to score 2 triple hundred in Test
- First batsman to score a double hundred in World Cup (vs Zimbabwe in 2015)
- Gayle is the only batsman to score a T20I century in a losing cause as well as in a winning cause.
- He is also the only batsman to score a T20I century while batting first as well as batting second
- B McCullum and C Gayle are the only batsmen to hit two centuries in T20Is
- Gayle is the first batsman to hit a century in each of the three formats of cricket
- He is the first batsman to hit a triple century in test cricket, a double century in ODI and a hundred in T20I
- Gayle and Yuvraj Singh hold a joint record of blasting fastest T20 fifty in 12 balls
- He is the first batsman to hit 6 fours in an over in Test cricket
- He is the third batsman in the world to score a century in ODI against 11 different nations
- Gayle has scored centuries in ICC U19 World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy as well as in ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers too.
- He also holds the record for highest individual score in T20. He blasted 175* off just 66 balls against Pune Warriors India in IPL.
- He is the top run-scorer in a single ICC Champions Trophy series (474 runs).
- He has the record of smashing the most number of maximums in T20I (100+).
- He is the first West Indies player to hit a double century in ODIs as well as in World Cup history.
- He was only the fourth West Indian to carry his bat in a Test inning.
- Involved in a dispute over sponsorship issues. He along with six other players was dropped for the first Test against South Africa in 2005
- In what is described as a very rare sight, Gayle was involved in a heated argument with Michael Clarke in West Indies’ match against Australia in the Champions Trophy 2006. He was gesturing and screaming animatedly after Windies won.
- In 2016, Australian test captain Ian Chappell encouraged Cricket Australia to ban Chris Gayle after his humiliating comment. While being interviewed by Network Ten commentator Mel McLaughlin during
the 2015–16 Big Bash League season, Gayle said “so hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after” followed by “Don’t blush, baby.” Melbourne Renegades sanctioned Gayle with a A$10,000 fine for the inappropriate conduct.
|Career Turning Point|
- In 2002, Gayle became the third West Indian to score over 1,000 runs in a calendar year
|Hobbies:||Travelling, Dancing, Party freak|
|Favourite Batsmen:||Not known (Chris Gayle: “I’m actually the greatest batsman of all time”)|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:|
|Favourite sports personalities:||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Favourite Food:||Sea Food, Ackee and Salt Fish|
|Cars Collection:||Mercedes – GL 63 AMG, Land Cruiser|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Net Worth:||36 Million Dollars (approx)|
|IPL 11:||2 Crore (Bought by KXIP)|
|Lesser Known Facts|
- In 2005, Gayle was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect causing a cardiac dysrhythmia. He underwent heart surgery.
- As a West Indian, Gayle holds the record for most number of centuries in ODIs
- Gayle loves football. While growing up Football was his first priority.
- Gayle’s wife Natasha is a fashion designer by profession.
- His primary school teacher, Mrs. June Hamilton taught Gayle how to bat. He invited his teacher to watch his 100th test in 2014.
- Gayle played with Kingston’s renowned Lucas Cricket Club before becoming famous. According to him, it saved him from a life on streets.
- In 2015, Chris Gayle set up The Chris Gayle Academy to help out disadvantaged children in The UK and Jamaica.