On this day in 1979, the greatest ever T20 cricketer, Christopher Henry Gayle was born in Kingston, Jamaica. The West Indian has never failed to entertain the cricket fans at both, on and off the field and that too ever since he made his debut.
Gayle made his international debut during a One-Day match against India that was played on 11 September, 1999 in Toronto. In the subsequent year, he made his Test debut against Zimbabwe at the Queen’s Park Oval Ground. But a revolution began when the ‘Big Man’ started playing T20 cricket and went to become the greatest batsman of all time in this format.
If we try to pick up an ambassador for this form of cricket, then no other name will come in the fans’ minds apart from that of Chris Gayle. This can be easily seen by the number of T20 teams that he has represented all over the world which clearly showcases his class.
Stanford Superstars, Kolkata Knight Riders, Western Australia, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sydney Thunder, Barisal Burners, Somerset, Uva Next, Dhaka Gladiators, Jamaica Tallawahs, Dolphins, Lions, Barisal Bulls, Melbourne Renegades, Lahore Qalandars, Chittagong Vikings, Karachi Kings, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Cape Town Knight Riders, Rangpur Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Vancouver Knights, Balkh Legends, Jozi Stars and Kerala Knights are the T20 teams in which he played for.
Here are all the numbers and records that make Chris Gayle such a maestro in this format:
Most Runs: Chris Gayle has amassed 13,021 T20 runs so far and has still not retired. There is no idea where this man aims to stop at the end of his career in this format.
Highest Score: He also holds the record for the highest individual score in a T20 match. This came during the IPL match against Pune Warriors India where Gayle was batting for RCB.
Most Centuries: Gayle also has the most number of T20 centuries than any other batsman in this world. He has crossed the mark of 100 runs for 22 times in his career so far.
Most 6s: Universe Boss also has 959 sixes to his name in T20 format which is more than any other batsman in this world. His 959 sixes come out to be 5,754 runs which is completely insane.
Most 4s: Not just sixes, Gayle also has the most number of fours in T20s which is 1,001. If calculated in terms of runs scored, this turns out to be over 4,000 runs.
Most 6s in an Inning: Gayle smashed 18 sixes during the match between Riders and Dynamites which is the most by any batsman in this format. The second place in this list is held also held by him only (17 sixes).