10 Facts about Chris Gayle- The Jamaican king: The name of Chris Gayle is enough to shiver the hell out of even the best bowlers of the world. The 6 feet 4 inch tall West Indian southpaw can destroy any bowling attack on his day and when he gets into his demolishing flow of hitting then he becomes unstoppable. Gayle is a player who follows only one mantra and that is to enjoy every bit of the game which even gets reflected in his swashbuckling repertoire of strokes. He just stands and delivers and when he gets going the spectators become fielders and fielders become spectators.
we list Top 10 Facts about Chris Gayle- The Jamaican king:
Chris Gayle was born on 21 September 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica.
2. Lucas Cricket Club:
Gayle credits Lucas Cricket Club for his success in cricket. It was from this club that he started his cricketing journey. He had even said that “If it was not for Lucas I don’t know where I would be today. Maybe on the streets”. In his honor, the nursery of Lucas Cricket Club has been named after him.
3. Domestic Debut:
At an age of 19 years, Gayle made his First-Class debut in 1998/99 for Jamaica. In the same year, he made his List-A debut as well. Prior to playing First-Class cricket he had represented West Indies at youth international level as well.
4. International debut:
The dashing West Indian southpaw made his ODI debut against India in 1999 while his Test debut came against Zimbabwe in 2000. But it was not memorable for him as in his first ODI he scored only 1 run while in his Test debut he could manage only 33 runs.
5. First Ball six:
In 2012, he became the first cricketer in Test cricket history to smash the first ball of a Test match for a six. He achieved this feat against Bangladesh and the bowler was Sohag Gazi.
6. Fastest century in Professional cricket:
Gayle holds the record for slamming the fastest century in professional cricket. During IPL 2013, while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) he took just 30 balls to reach his 100 against Pune Warriors.
7. Double of 7000 runs and 150 wickets in ODIs:
Gayle is the first West Indian cricketer to score in excess of 7000 runs in ODIs and take wickets in excess of 150.
8. T20 King:
Chris Gayle is renowned as the king of T20 cricket with almost every other record in his kitty. He has played 222 T20 matches and has accumulated 8,224 runs at a staggering average of 44.21 and a blistering strike rate of 149.25 which says much more than words can say. Gayle has scored 16 centuries and 52 half-centuries with 586 sixes in the shortest format of the game.
9. Unbelievable stat:
The Jamaican-born cricketer is the only cricketer in the world to score a triple century in Tests, a double century in ODI cricket as well as a century in T20Is. He is also the first cricketer of the world to score a century across all the formats of the game. Gayle is also one of five players to make three or more scores in excess of 150 in ODIs while he is one of four players to score two triple centuries in Tests.
10. Irregular heartbeat:
There was a time when he suffered from the problem of irregular heartbeat, a thing which caused him many difficulties during his early days in cricket. Gayle was retired hurt due to this problem as well when he toured India as a youngster. He had to undergo an operation after which the disorder finally got corrected.