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Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the national cricket team of West Indies. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he is known as one of the strongest ball-hitters of the modern-day limited-over formats of the game.

He holds several records in both T20 matches and One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Several pundits regard him as the best T20 player of all time. He is generally considered to be fit for the limited-over games, owing to his eccentric and relentless style of playing the game.

However, he also holds several records in Test cricket. In 2012, he became the only player in the world to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. Apart from being one of only four players to score two triple-centuries in Test cricket, he is also known as one of the few players to score a double-century in a one-day match.

He is also an integral part of the ‘Indian Premier League’ (IPL) team ‘Kings XI Punjab.’ He also plays for several other domestic teams across a number of countries such as Pakistan and Australia.

Chris Gayle was born Christopher Henry Gayle, in Kingston, Jamaica, into a lower middle-class family, on September 21, 1979. He was the fifth of the six children in the family. His parents faced a lot of financial issues while raising their children.

His father, Dudley Gayle, worked as a policeman, while his mother sold peanuts to earn extra money to run the household.

Although his parents had no connection with cricket, Chris’s grandfather was a well-known cricketer. He had played some club cricket back in his younger days. This led Chris to become increasingly attracted toward the game.

Growing up in a huge family and faced with poverty, Chris also worked as a rag-picker for some time during the financial crisis that his family faced. He also once admitted to stealing for some time to support his family.

He was not academically good and focused all his attention on cricket. He graduated from ‘Excelsior High School’ in Jamaica and also joined a local Jamaican cricket club named ‘Lucas Cricket Club.’

Chris claims that his early years with ‘Lucas’ were the transformative years of his life and also believes that those years helped him truly understand the game. He slowly started gaining attention from the selectors by playing in local matches. In 1998, he made his debut for the West Indian youth international team.

Gayle becomes third batsman to hit centuries against 11 countries

HARARE: West Indies' all-rounder Chris Gayle Chris Gayle has joined Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar as only the third batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score centuries against 11 different countries, ICC announced on Wednesday. West Indian star batting all-rounder achieved the milestone during the match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which they won by 60 runs in their opening Group A fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at the Old Hararians in Harare on Tuesday. On the other hand it was…

New Zealand beat West Indies by five wickets in first ODI

WHANGAREI: New Zealand cruised to a five-wicket win over the West Indies in the first one-day international in Whangarei on Wednesday. The tourists reached 248-9 after losing the toss and being sent in to bat, a target the Black Caps overhauled with four overs remaining. Opening batsmen George Worker and Colin Munro laid the foundation for the hosts' chase with a 108-run partnership. New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell was named man of the match after taking four for 55 with the ball, while spinner Todd Astle took…

Gayle storm hands Rangpur Riders maiden BPL title

DHAKA: Rangpur Riders won the BPL 2017 final with a 57-run victory over Dhaka Dynamites here at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, ARY News reported. Dhaka Dynamites opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan gave the early breakthrough to Dhaka by dismissing in form Johnson Charles on 3.  From there on it was Chris Gayle hitting it all over the place. The T20 champ hammered the Dhaka Dynamites bowlers and remained not out on 146 off just 65 balls including 5 fours and 18 sixes.…

Gayle wins Australia masseuse court case

SYDNEY: West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a defamation case against an Australian media group which claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist. The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year. They claimed the all-rounder exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her. Gayle denied the…

Chris Gayle lights up gloom in 5th England ODI

Chris Gayle lit up the gloom with a breathtaking cameo in the fifth and final one-day international in Southampton on Friday before a late flurry of runs propelled the West Indies to a competitive 288-6 against England. In a low-key game overshadowed by the scandal surrounding England's missing Ben Stokes, the tourists set out to restore pride after losing three of the first four matches of the series, with one no-result. The West Indies, who have lost 15 of the past 16 completed ODIs against England, initially…

Gayle, Samuels set to play ODI series against England

LONDON: Explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle is set to play his first one-day international in two years after being recalled to the squad for the series with England. The 37-year-old -- who has racked up 9,221 runs in 269 ODIs -- returns along with fellow veterans Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor to add much-needed class to the squad. The once dominant West Indies are under fire form all sides after their Test team's abject performance in the first Test defeat -- by an innings and 209 runs -- against England…

Sammy fears for West Indies fortunes as T20 comes first

LONDON: Former captain Darren Sammy has warned that leading players will continue to favour plying their trade in Twenty20 tournaments around the world ahead of representing the West Indies. Cricket West Indies pick players for their international sides only if they feature in that format domestically, meaning the likes of star batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Marlon Samuels are absent from the Test and one-day squads. Most of the region's top players appear in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament but…

Gayle becomes first cricketer to hit 10,000 Twenty20 runs

NEW DELHI: Chris Gayle has become the first batsman to accumulate 10,000 Twenty20 runs, going past the milestone during a match-winning blitz in the Indian Premier League. Swashbuckling West Indian Gayle, 37, who plies his trade across the world's Twenty20 leagues, smashed 77 off 38 balls with five fours and seven sixes to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 21-run win over Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on Tuesday. Gayle's nearest rival New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, who top scored for Gujarat with 72, has more than…