No one has dominated the IPL T20 tournament as has the West Indian batting ' tornado', Chris Gayle. The 6' 3.5" (1.92m) ,Gayle weighs app.98 kgs but is as nimble as a deer. He plays for the Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB),in the ongoing T20 extravaganza. His domination of the bowlng is reflected in the sixes and fours his bat unleashes at the hapless bowlers. The spectators simply love to watch him bat. The RCB owe many a victories to his power packed batting prowess. The left handed batsman is also a right arm off break bowler making him a veryeffective all rounder.
Christopher Henry "Chris" Gayle is a Jamaican and was born on September 21,1979. He plays for the West Indies and had captained them from 2007 to 2010. He played first class cricket representing Jamaica at the ageof 19 in 1998. Less than a year later he played his first One Day Internationalagainst India on Sept. 11,19993 followed six months later by playing in his first Test match on March 16,2000. He is one of the six batsmen to have scored three or more scores of more than 150 runs in One Day International. In 2005 he scored his first triple century,a match saving 317 runs against S Africa.
He scored the fifth fastest Test century on Dec. 17, 2009, against Australia , by scoring a century in just 70 balls. One of the sixes hit in this knock is supposed to have crossed 140 metres distance He also became the fourth cricketer to score twice a triple century when he scored 333 runs against Sri La nka in his 89th Test match at Galle international Stadium,Sri Lanka.
Gayle holds the record for the most T20 centuries, seven in all,with the first one being 117 runs against
Chris played for the Kolkatta Knight Riders from 2009 till 2010 and from 2011 is playing for the Royal Challengers Banglore in the IPL. He has made a tremendous impression on the IPL crowds and has a fan following of his own. He has hit 43 sixes and 36 fours in the 12 IPL matches played in the ongoing IPL and has scored 572 runs at a strike rate of 152 with a highest score of 87 runs, and has scored seven fifties.In both IPL 2011 he had been the leading run getter for RCB and had single handedly taken it to the finals.He is presently the holder of the orange cap for batting.
His destructive batting has made him a favourite of the crowds. His ability to hit sixes and fours with a cool ease has won him millions of fans in India.Only Sachin Tendulkar is cheered by home crowds even when he is on the opposite side. This honour is now extended to Chris Gayle also. In both the recent matches at Mumbai against Mumbai Indians and in Pune against Pune Warriors , the home crowds wildy cheered Gayle as he demolished their bowlers. Every six hit by him was lustily cheered. The crowds fell silent when he was declared out. Such is the respect and love the Indian crowds have developed for him. It indeed is a treat to watch him build his innings six by six or six by four or four by four hits.He makes batting look so easy.
Currently the Gayle tornado is sweeping the IPL.