WT20: King of Sixes, Chris Gayle turns 33 today

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Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012, 11:57 [IST]
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Bangalore, Sep 21: West Indies' explosive batsman Chris Gayle, who turns 33 today has been the best in the shortest format of the game.

WT20: Happy Birthday Chris Gayle!

The tall Jamaican is often considered to be a bowler's nightmare, as bowlers find it difficult to restrict Gayle as he never cares for them, and has the ability to send even a good length delivery to the fence whenever he feels like doing so, which leaves the bowler perplexed.

Moreover, his main strength has been the hand-eye co-ordination which will continue to be one of his greatest assets, as he compensates his lack of technique and footwork with the hand-eye co-ordination.

Gayle who made his ODI and Test debut in 1999 and 2000 respectively, has been the most dangerous batsman ever since his debut.

Having played 234 ODIs, he has scored 8360 runs at an average of 39.43 and at a strike rate of 84.45.

Most importantly, he has a strike rate of 143.91 in T20 internationals, which is amazing. His technique is best suited for limited overs internationals.

Gayle, who made his T20 debut in 2006, has ever since been the most explosive batsman in the world as bowlers aren't happy with the thrashing, but nobody is complaining, as it is indeed a delight to watch the Jamaican play.

Playing the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, all eyes are on the Jamaican cricketer, as they expect him to go for huge hits every time he is at the crease.

The T20 specialist is the first man to score a ton in the first match of the inaugural edition of ICC World T20 in South Africa.

Perceiving the batsman only as a T20 specialist would be wrong as he also happens to be the third batsman to have scored two triple tons in Tests after Don Bradman and Virender Sehwag as his 333 against Sri Lanka at Galle remains at the top forever.

With the star exploring all the areas on the field, fielders often find themselves stunned as they would be awe-struck watching the coolest person play and scoring runs at a breath-taking pace.

Gayle, who has been a crowd-puller for many years, has been the biggest attraction this year as well at the T20 World Cup as West Indies look dangerous with Gayle's presence at the top of the order.

Chris Gayle, has so far hit 27 sixes in World T20, the most by any batsman as this tall Jamaican is often termed as the King of Sixes.

With Gayle starting his T20 campaign tomorrow against Australia at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo fans are in for a double treat as Shane Watson and Chris Gayle would enthrall the audience.

Hope this birthday brings Gayle more splendid moments and shower him with more success. Happy Birthday Gayle!


Story first published:  Friday, September 21, 2012, 11:55 [IST]
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