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  • Chris Gayle, a West Indian cricketer

  • Biography Chris Gayle:
    Chris Gayle, a West Indian cricketer, was born on September 21, 1979, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is fondly called “Cramps” or “Mr. Cool” and is an all-rounder, who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm off break. 
    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 the west indies and 19 centuries. He is also a successful Test batsman, averaging just over 40.00. As a prominent one day player, Gayle was chosen by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. . In the 2011 IPL he was chosen by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes.


    Chris Gayle played his first international Test match on March 16, 2000 against Zimbabwe, and in July 2001, he set up a 214-run partnership with Daren Ganga, a teammate, which became the record for opening partnerships at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. By the end of 2002, he scored three centuries against India and also became the fourth West Indian to score 1000 runs in a calendar year. In January 2004, Chris Gayle hit a century off 79 balls when chasing a first-inning South African score of 532, following which he again scored a century against Bangladesh.



    In 2005, Chris Gayle was included in the Test series against South Africa, during which he played in the fourth match in Antigua and made 317 runs, which is his career best. It was also the first triple century against South Africa. During the 2005-06 tour of New Zealand, Chris Gayle opened the batting in the three-Test series and scored 235 runs, becoming the first West Indian to cross the 200-run mark.



    Chris Gayle made his One Day International (ODI) debut on September 11, 1999 against India and was included in the West Indian squad for the 2003 World Cup. At the 2006 Champions Trophy, he was a part of the team that played at the finals against Australia and went on amass 474 runs in that tournament, which were 150 runs more than any other player. Chris Gayle also scalped eight wickets and in recognition of his impressive performances he was named as the Player of the Tournament. He featured at the 2007 World Cup and scored a remarkable 79 runs off 58 balls in a match against England. Chris Gayle joined the list of ace players like Vivian Richards, Sanath Jayasuriya and Brian Lara, who have three or more scores above 150.




    Chris Gayle captained the West Indies at the ODI series in England and Ireland, and led the team to a 2-1 win against England. He also led the team in the Test series against South Africa, which finished in a 1-1 draw. In August 2008, he made his 16th ODI century, 110 runs off 77 balls, in the final match against Canada, and led his team to a seven-wicket win at the Tri-series hosted by Canada.



    Chris Gayle played his first Twenty20 international (T20I) on February 16, 2006 against New Zealand and in 2007, he scored 117 runs off just 57 balls, in the opening match against South Africa at the International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 Championship. He is the only batsman to have hit a century in the Twenty20 international and also holds the record of the highest innings in a T20I. As of 2008, Chris Gayle is the only cricketer to have hit centuries in all three formats of international cricket and has also been nominated for the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year.



    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.
    When not playing cricket, Chris Gayle enjoys playing video games and also likes watching Tom and Jerry shows in the television.




    Test Centuries of Chris Gayle
     #  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 Drawn
    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
    13 333 89  Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2010 Drawn

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




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