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Chris Gayle
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Personal information
Full name Christopher Henry Gayle
Born 21 September 1979 (1979-09-21) (age 30)
Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role All-rounder
International information
National side West Indies
Test debut 16 March 2000 v Zimbabwe
Last Test 16 December 2009 v Australia
ODI debut 11 September 1999 v India
Last ODI 4 March 2010 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 45
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998-2008 Jamaica
2005 Worcestershire
2009- Western Australia Warriors
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 85 215 159 272
Runs scored 5,848 7,757 11,602 9,825
Batting average 40.61 39.77 44.28 40.10
100s/50s 12/31 19/42 28/57 21/56
Top score 317 153* 317 153*
Balls bowled 6,833 6,623 12,109 8,617
Wickets 71 153 128 206
Bowling average 42.08 34.17 39.12 31.55
5 wickets in innings 2 1 2 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/34 5/46 5/34 5/46
Catches/stumpings 82/– 94/– 140/– 114/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 March 2010

Christopher Henry Gayle (born 21 September, 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a West Indian cricketer who is captain of the West Indies cricket team and plays domestic cricket for Jamaica. He is a hard-hitting left-handed opening batsman with a wide-range of shots, and bowls useful part-time right-arm off spin. Gayle is a successful One Day International player, with over 200 appearances for his country and 19 centuries. He is also a successful Test batsman, averaging just over 40.00, with a landmark 317 against South Africa. As a prominent one day player, Gayle was chosen by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League - playing in the second competition in early 2009.[1]



Gayle played for the West Indies at youth international level prior to making his first-class debut aged 19 for Jamaica. He played his first One Day International 11 months later, and his first Test match 6 months after that. Gayle, who normally opens the innings when he plays for the West Indies, is a destructive batsman who is most effective playing square of the wicket. In July 2001, Gayle (175), together with Daren Ganga (89) established the record for opening partnerships at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo when they put on 214 together against Zimbabwe.

However, generally speaking he had a slow start to his international career, but invigorated it in 2002, ending the year with three centuries against India in November and becoming the third West Indian to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year. Along with Vivian Richards and Brian Lara. He is one of only five 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 (see below). He returned for the second test but had a poor series until the fourth Test, where he made his career-best: a match-saving 317. It was the first ever triple century against South Africa and up until Mahela Jayawardene made 374, it was the highest individual Test score against them.

In August 2005, Gayle joined Worcestershire for the rest of the English season, playing eight matches. He made two half-centuries in three first class matches and two half-centuries in five one-day matches, and won one Man of the Match award in the one-day National League. However, Worcestershire were relegated after Gayle made 1 in the final match against Lancashire. Gayle was named Player of the 2006 Champions Trophy, where the West Indies nearly defended the title which they won in 2004, being defeated in the final by Australia. Gayle scored three centuries and totaled 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. He recorded a series of low scores; the one exception being a blistering 79 off 58 balls against England in the West Indies' final match.

On the 17th December 2009 in the Australia v West Indies 3rd Test Chris Gayle scored the fifth fastest century in test match history. He reached the century in just 70 balls. However he was shortly after dismissed for 102 runs. This feat included a flurry of runs thanks to some big hitting sixes. One of the sixes hit the Lillee Marsh stand's roof in a monstrous hit that was estimated by commentator, Ian Healy, to be approx 140 metres long.


Gayle holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International, having scored 117 against South Africa in the first match of the 2007 World Twenty20,[2] His innings was the first century in international Twenty 20 cricket, and one of only two scored to date (the other being Brendon McCullum's 116* in the second Twenty 20 against Australia on 28/2/10). Because of this, he and McCullum share the honour of being the only batsmen to score a century in each of international cricket's three formats.[3] In the semi-final match of the 2009 World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka, he became the first international player to carry his bat through the entire innings in this format of the game. In April 2008, Gayle was auctioned by the franchise Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League, but missed the opening games due to a Sri Lanka tour to the Caribbean. When he finally joined the team, he missed out on the action due to a groin injury he picked up during that tour. Afterwards, he left to join the West Indies team for a home series against Australia, therefore not playing in the inaugural version of the IPL at all. On the 1st of July 2009, Gayle signed with the Western Australia Warriors for the Australian Domestic Twenty20 tournament known as the Big Bash for the 2009-10 season. His possible opening partnership with Adam Gilchrist will be devastating to their opponents.

He played in the second IPL competition in early 2009, arriving for an away Test series against England very late, earning criticism about his commitment.[1] His Test series went poorly, and the West Indies went on to lose both the Test and ODI series. Gayle, however, went to on score a match winning 88 in the first official match of the 2009 Twenty20, in a surprise victory over Australia.[4]


Despite being regarded as a calm, cool cricketer, Gayle has been involved in a few controversies.[5] 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.[6] Gayle later cut his deal with Cable and Wireless and rejoined the side for the second Test. He was charged with conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket during a Test against New Zealand in March 2006, but was subsequently found not guilty.[7] Later that year, during October's Champions Trophy tournament in India, he was fined 30 percent of his match fee after repeated verbal exchanges with the Australian batsman Michael Clarke.[8] He also publicly criticised the West Indies Cricket Board during the 2007 tour of England which led to an official reprimand and warning.[9]

Gayle also received criticism in early 2009 during West Indies' tour of England, where he commentated that he did not want to captain the West Indies anymore given the pressures involved, and that he "wouldn't be so sad" if Test cricket was superseded by Twenty20 cricket in the future.[1] From the West Indies, both Viv Richards and Gary Sobers criticised Gayle's comments, as did opposite number Andrew Strauss.[10] Gayle later commented that his statement had been quoted out of context, according to Julian Hunte, President of the West Indies Cricket Board.[11] In an interview with Michael Atherton at the conclusion of a West Indies defeat in their tour of England, Gayle stated that he was not going to resign the captaincy.[12]

Player Statistics

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Gayle's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Test Centuries

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Chris Gayle.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.
Test Centuries of Chris Gayle[13]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 175 10  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2001 Won
[2] 204 23  New Zealand St. George's, Grenada National Cricket Stadium 2002 Drawn
[3] 116 36  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2004 Lost
[4] 107 37  South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2004 Lost
[5] 141 42  Bangladesh Gros Islet, St Lucia Beausejour Cricket Ground 2004 Drawn
[6] 105 47  England London, England The Oval 2004 Lost
[7] 317 50  South Africa St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2005 Drawn
[8] 197 75  New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2008 Drawn
[9] 104 76  England Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2009 Won
[10] 104 80  England Port of Spain, Trinidad Queen's Park Oval 2009 Drawn
[11] 165* 84  Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2009 Drawn
[12] 102 85  Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2009 Lost

One Day International Centuries

One Day International Centuries of Chris Gayle[14]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 152 32  Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Simba Union Ground 2001 Won
[2] 103 54  India Nagpur, India VCA Ground 2002 Won
[3] 140 56  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2002 Lost
[4] 101 57  India Vadodara, India Reliance Stadium 2002 Won
[5] 119 68  Kenya Kimberley, South Africa De Beers Diamond Oval 2003 Won
[6] 153* 79  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2003 Won
[7] 112* 83  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2003 Won
[8] 152* 88  South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa The Wanderers Stadium 2004 Lost
[9] 132* 100  England London, England Lord's 2004 Won
[10] 132 116  South Africa Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 2005 Lost
[11] 124 124  Pakistan Gros Islet, St Lucia Beausejour Cricket Ground 2005 Lost
[12] 123 134  India Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2006 Lost
[13] 104* 145  Bangladesh Jaipur, India Sawai Mansingh Stadium 2006 Won
[14] 101 149  England Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2006 Lost
[15] 133* 150  South Africa Jaipur, India Sawai Mansingh Stadium 2006 Won
[16] 110* 186  Canada King City, Canada Maple Leaf Cricket Club 2008 Won
[17] 113 187  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, UAE Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2008 Lost
[18] 122 189  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, UAE Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2008 Lost
[19] 135 189  New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2008 Lost

Twenty20 International Centuries

Twenty20 International Centuries of Chris Gayle[15]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 117* 4  South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa The Wanderers Stadium 2007 Lost


  1. ^ a b c "Gayle ponders Test future". CricInfo. May 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^ Gayle ton fails to stop S Africa, BBC News, retrieved 11 September 2007
  3. ^ List of highest individual International Twenty20 innings, Cricinfo, retrieved 20 January 2008
  4. ^ Monga, Sidharth (June 6, 2009). "Gayle and Fletcher blast through Australia". CricInfo. ESPN. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Player Profile: Chris Gayle". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  6. ^ West Indies sponsor rejects plans, BBC Sports, retrieved on 20 January 2008
  7. ^ Gayle cleared of conduct charges, Fox Sports Australia, retrieved 20 January 2008
  8. ^ Gayle fined for misconduct, ECB retrieved January 20, 2008
  9. ^ Gayle in hot water, ECB retrieved 20 January 2008
  10. ^ Brown, Alex (May 13, 2009). "Richards and Sobers defend primacy of Test cricket". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  11. ^ "Gayle's comments an 'unfortunate development' - Hunte". CricInfo. May 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  12. ^ Interview with Michael Atherton - Award Presentation following England v West Indies, 2nd Test May 14-May 18 2009. Sky Sports May 18, 2009.
  13. ^ Statsguru: Chris Gayle, Cricinfo, 12 March 2010.
  14. ^ Statsguru: Chris Gayle, Cricinfo, 12 March 2010.
  15. ^ Statsguru: Chris Gayle, Cricinfo, 11 March 2010.


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