Chris Gayle’s insatiable hunger
There isn’t anything left for Chris Gayle to prove to anyone, but even at close to 42, the West Indian cricketer continues to push the boundaries, both in international cricket and in T20 leagues across the world.
Chris Gayle is the champion, the universe boss and one of the fiercest strikers of the cricket ball even at well past 40. In all this, one fact escapes the cricket fans. Gayle is not just a T20 phenomena.
Before he donned the kit for various franchises in T20 leagues across the world, he was an extremely successful international player. In fact, he has scored over 7000 runs and has played over 100 matches in test cricket at an average of 42.18 with the help of 15 centuries and 37 half centuries, which already makes him a great.
To add to that, he has over 10000 runs from more than 300 ODIs with 25 centuries and 54 half centuries. But what has made Gayle special is his returns in T20 cricket.
No one comes close to Chris Gayle’s tally of close to 14000 runs in T20 cricket, both International and domestic included. He averages 37.90 and strikes at 146.40 in T20s. Gayle has scored 22 centuries in T20 cricket which is a number that will certainly stand the test of time.
Not only that, he has hit over 1000 boundaries and over 1000 sixes and continues to pile on the runs. He has still not retired from limited overs international cricket and is gunning for a spot in the West Indies International team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Gayle remains to be a major part of the Punjab Kings franchise in the IPL and has played some eye-catching knocks this season as well. Overall, Gayle averages over 40 in IPL cricket, having scored close to 5000 runs at a strike rate of a shade under 150 with the help of 6 centuries and 31 half centuries.
Even in IPL 2020, an event he had to sit out for the first seven games for Punjab, he made ripples upon his return, scoring runs at an average of 41.14 and a strike rate of 137.14 with the help of 3 half centuries and the best of 99.
Gayle continues to ply his trade for several franchises in T20 leagues across the world, including the Pakistan Super League and the Caribbean Premier League.
Even at his age, the universe boss is nothing short of a sensation.