When one talk about cricket, one of the many people that come to mind is Chris Gayle real name Christopher Henry Gayle, he is a famous Jamaican cricketer who plays cricket for the West Indies born on the 21st of September 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica. He captained the West Indies’ Test side from 2007 to 2010.
He plays domestic cricket for Jamaica, and also represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League. Gayle also played for the West Indies at youth international level prior to making his first-class debut at aged 19 for Jamaica. He played his first One Day International a few months later, and his first Test match six months after that.
Chris Gayle is one of only six players in One Day International history to have three or more scores of 150. In 2005, Gayle was dropped for the first Test against South Africa along with six other players following a dispute over sponsorship issues.
Gayle was named Player of the 2006 Champions Trophy, where the West Indies nearly defended the title they won in 2004, being defeated in the final by Australia. Gayle scored three centuries and totalled 474 runs, 150 more than any other batsman, and also took eight wickets in as many matches. Gayle, in keeping with the rest of the West Indies team, had a poor World Cup in 2007.
Gayle set the first record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International, scoring 117 against South Africa in the first match of the 2007 World Twenty20.The innings was the first century in international Twenty20 cricket and made him the first batsman to score a century in each of international cricket’s three formats.
Regardless of being regarded as calm, cool cricketer,in 2005 Gayle was involved in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and a number of players over sponsorship issues. These players had personal sponsorship deals with Cable and Wireless, who used to sponsor West Indian cricket.
However, since the West Indies had recently become sponsored by Cable and Wireless’ rivals Digicel the West Indies Cricket Board demanded the players dropped their Cable and Wireless deals.
When the players refused to back down, the West Indies Cricket Board dropped them for the first Test against South Africa. Gayle later cut his deal with Cable and Wireless and rejoined the side for the second Test.
In April 2008, Chris Gayle was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders team for $800,000, making him one of the most expensive players of the Kolkata team at the 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he failed to play as he had to join the West Indies team for a series against Australia.
He is 6ft 3in tall and an all-rounder bats left-handed and bowls right-arm off break, during his leisure he enjoys playing video games. You can also catch a bite at his restaurant and sports bar Triple Century located at Knutsford Boulevard right in the heart of New Kingston.