Christopher Henry Gayle, a name which has already been engraved in the history of cricket as one of the most powerful hitters the game has ever seen. On one hand, where hitting a six is a very common sight in cricket, many believe that a six by Chris Gayle should at least be given a run count of eight, instead of just six.
The power with which this man hits a ball is out of this world. There have been uncountable instances where a match has been stopped just because the ball was smacked outside the stadium by the 'Gayle-force'.
Rumours surrounding Gayle's retirement were proven correct yesterday, as the Indies star announced his retirement from the ODI format post the ICC World Cup 2019.
So, just before we get to see the final Gayle-storm in action, let's have a look at some of his finest innings witnessed by the world:1. Gayle's Maiden Century (Kenya)
Soon after making an impact in Test cricket, Gayle slammed his maiden ODI century against Kenya on their home soil, in Nairobi. Despite being a little late to the party, he made his mark by touching the score of 152 in his first ever ODI ton. This humongous score consisted of 17 fours and a single six. With time, we saw the proportion of his runs shifting towards the big hits instead of fours and singles.2. Gayle-Storm In Ahmedabad (India)
The year 2001, was just the beginning of the many earthquakes by the big man. A year after his thundering performance in Kenya, he started bashing any team which came in his way. He went on to score 3 consecutive tons against the Indians when the Windies toured India in 2002.
Out of all those tons, the best one came in Ahmedabad where he shattered the bowling line up of India, consisting of Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar. Though the West Indies couldn't win that match, the splendid performance by the Chris Gayle helped them seal the series by 4-3 in their favour.3. Gayle's Show In Johannesburg (South Africa)
Yet another showdown by the big guy came in 2004 against South Africa in Johannesburg, where he managed to put up the same score as of his first ODI ton, 152. But this time, there was an upgrade as he was unbeaten on that score. But just like before, his ton couldn't help the Indies line-up win the match. In response, the 139 by Jacque Kallis made it easier for South Africa to surpass the total of 304 with two balls still to go.4. Gayle's Display Against The Kiwis
Another scorching century against New Zealand in 2012, took Gayle to his 20th One Day International tons. Here, being at home, he posted 125 runs of his own in the total of 315, hitting nine sixes and eight boundaries. After a long time, his century proved to be of worth to his team, as the West Indies resulted in winning the match by 55 runs.5. Gayle-Storm In The World Cup 2015 (Australia-New Zealand)
In a World Cup match against Zimbabwe, it seemed like Christopher Henry Gayle held a placard, a cliche one but very true: 'Form is temporary, class is permanent.' The six-hitting machine manufactured in Jamaica went into overdrive, answering the critics who questioned its efficacy - in record-breaking style.
Blasting a herculean score of 215 in mere 179 balls, Gayle took the team total up to 372 in 50 overs. His 215, was peppered with a whopping 16 sixes and 10 boundaries.
With these being one of the best performances by the Caribbean 'Big-Dog', let's hope he ends his ODI career on a high by delivering yet another blistering knock in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.