Famous cricket players of West Indies: Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is probably the finest batsman in the West Indian cricket team at the moment and has made a mark for himself as a hard hitting ruthless stroke player through out the world of cricket. On top of his exquisite stroke play, Gayle is a useful spin bowler and proves to be more than useful on a lot of occasions.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies in 1979, Chris Gayle made his ODI debut against India in 1999. To date Chris Gayle has represented his country in 223 matches and scored 7917 runs at an average of 39.00. Gayle has 19 centuries and 53 fifties with a top score of 153* to add to his resume. With the ball, he has 156 wickets to his credit at an average of 34.91 which is considered to be very good for a part time bowler and has the best bowling figures of 5/46.
His most memorable tournament was the 2006 champion’s trophy, where he was named the man of the series for his blistering performance with the bat. Gayle scored 3 centuries in the tournament and almost helped his side defend their title only ending up on the losing side against the Australians in the final.
As far as the world cup is concerned, Gayle does not have any spectacular to write home about but with his immense talent no one would doubt that he has the potential to turn around the tournament completely on it’s head this time around when he goes out in the sub continent for the 2011 Cricket World Cup what could very well be the last time we see this giant of a player on display at such a high level.
Chris Gayle has introduced a new style of celebrations in cricket. It is an interesting point to note that the man is equally popular for his hard hitting ability as a batsman and his celebrations.