Gayle stands tall, and his hits are even taller, and in his days no one would appreciate bowling at him. Though he represents West Indies he has been an integral part of any nation’s T-20 Super Leagues. It is not the West Indians but also the Indians, Australians or even any Bangalshi would love to see his batting.
He had retired from both the basic cricketing formats playing for his country be it a test and ODI, but still, he is the most dominating batsman in the cricketing world. Gayle would bring out matches for Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League, Royal Challengers in Indian Premier League better known as IPL and Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League.
He had created brilliant records with ease. He had two triple centuries in Test matches, a double century in the World Cup one day encounters which was the first by any batsman. He had scored an amazing 175 in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bengaluru.
With this superhuman batting ability, Gayle has created enough wealth and had become one of the richest cricketing personalities. With his salaries and endorsements, he churns out 4 million dollars income every year. All this had enabled him to accumulate an estimated net worth of not less than $22 million US dollars.
Chris Gayle was born as Christopher Henry Gayle on 21st September 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. His father Dudley Gayle is a Police Man, and his mother had engaged herself in selling snacks and peanuts. Gayle was born with Virgo zodiac sign as the fifth child. He was grown with his six siblings in a Catholic family. He was enrolled into the Excelsior High school for his studies, but his busy cricketing schedules did not allow him to get into any college for higher education.
From his early childhood, he had a liking for music and dancing. His batting ability enabled him to score a century against senior players when he was only a boy of 14 years. During his school days, only Gayle got the cap of West Indies ‘A’ team. Gayle’s cricketing career started with a burst in the eminent Lucas Cricket Club of Kingston, Jamaica.
Gayle started playing at the domestic level for Jamaica in 1998, and in the next year, he was playing for his country. In Canada, he made his debut international appearance against India on 11th September 1999.
He did not wait long to appear in the Test as it happened on 16th March 2000 against Zimbabwe. The batting ability blew the trumpets on 19th July 2001 of the arrival of the tremendous batsman, at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe when Gayle came up with his maiden century of 175 in 255 balls. In 2002 after Sir Vivian Richards and Brian Lara he came up with 1000 runs in a calendar year.
The tremendous Caribbean batsman has always kept the spectators in stand watchful when he is at the striking end as the ball can anytime reach the gallery. He would take some time to settle as any accomplished batsman would do to get the idea of pitch and other conditions. If he retains his crease and settles then he is a nightmare for any bowling side. Gayle has an inherent vehement force of hitting any bowler even if the ball is an accurate delivery. It is tough for the opposing captain to decide which bowler to ask to bowl when he is set, the bowler would avoid bowling.
He is one of prime individual caliber along with McCullum who is responsible for making the T-20 format a real success. The international cricket has a long history to its credit, but Gayle is the only batsman who had hit the first ball of the match over the fence for a six against Bangladesh in the year 2012. The Jamaica King has his style of celebration in the Gangnam way.
Gayle is the fourth batsman in the history of test cricket who scored triple century twice. One against South Africa in 2005 when he scored 317 and another came in 2010 when he scored triple nelson 333 against Sri Lanka. In 2013 the world had watched a blitzkrieg knock when he reached the ton in just 30 balls in the Indian Premier League, playing for the Royal Challenger Bengaluru against Pune Warriors. Before McCullum’s 237 it was Gayle’s 215 which had remained the highest individual score in the World Cup Cricket.
He calls off from the international ODI on 24th July 2013 when West Indies played against Pakistan. He finished up his ODI career with 9,420 runs in 275 matches. To reach this mammoth aggregate he scored 22 centuries and 48 fifties. Simultaneously he retired from the Test cricket on 6th November 2013 when the Caribbean team was touring India. Playing for the nation for 14 years he went out of the pavilion with his team in 103 matches and scored 7,215 runs with 15 hundred and 37 half-centuries.
During this long tenure, he had also gone out with the opponent captain for the toss in the West Indies League. It would be a severe mistake to omit Gayle’s performance with the ball. During his excellence in batting Gayle had also given relief to his captain by taking 73 wickets in Test and had dismissed 163 batsmen in one-day matches.
As ball after pitching elevates high in the stadium with the strike of the bat Gayle has also reached the pinnacle of success and comfort from the very ordinary level of living which the achievements in cricket. Penniless pockets when he started cricket have gather enormous wealth through hard dedication and determination. The grand Gayle’s mansion of $4.5 million at Jamaica is furnished with the comforts of luxurious hotels. Along with this mansion Mercedes, Audi and Toyota are waiting for their master in the garage.
This huge success of this celebrity cricketer had raised hopes in the mind of many ladies to be his part, but the man himself loved only Natasha Berridge. Before the marriage Blush, a baby girl had arrived in the life of Gayle and Natasha in April 2016. One of most honored batsman who is known for his calm attitude on the field has departed from the patience to be in the controversies some time.
Full Name: Christopher Henry Gayle
Date of Birth: 21st September 1979
Birth Place: Kingston, Jamaica
Age: 38 Years Old
Profession: International Cricketer
Height: 1.88 m / 6 Feet 2 Inches
Weight: 98 Kg
Net worth: $22 Million