Chris Gayle is one of the most deadly batsman and the first man ever to score a T20 hundred. The left-hander scored 252 runs in just seven games at an average of 42 and at an massive strike rate of 150 for Sydney Thunder in the 2011-12 season of the Big Bash. Gayle smashed 22 sixes that season and scored an splendid century off just 54 balls, including 11 sixes. Though he struggled in the 2012-13 season, he bounced back with 204 runs in just seven games at an average of 29.14 in BBL|05. His twelve ball fifty, consisting of seven sixes against the Strikers in the last group stage game of the BBL|05 season equalled Yuvraj’s fastest fifty record in a T20 game.
His achievements in India are no less surprising. 3400+ runs in just 92 IPL games at an massive strike rate of 153.36 is no mean feat. On April 23, 2013, he broke the record for the highest individual score in a T20 game after smashing 175 against Pune Warriors. Several other records were broken during this match(fastest hundred – 30, highest team score – 5/263 and most sixes by player – 17). He is the only batsman in IPL history to have scored 5 hundreds.
The Jamaica-born batsman has enjoyed a tensed relationship with the West Indies Cricket Board, which allowed him an opportunity to be a part of several T20 leagues around the world. Nicknamed “World Boss”, Gayle is an entertainer both on and off the field. But, some of his actions have earned him the wrath of the orthodox cricketing jury. In the BBL|05, his comments on sports presenter Mclaughlin were condemned by the head of BBL and Cricket Australia with the franchise declaring their wish to not re-sign the destructive opener. Gayle declared his wish to opt out of the BBL|06 opting to spend time with his family instead.
Let us take a look at the 5 main reasons why Big Bash will miss him:
#1 Large Scale Entertainment:
The Jamaica-born batsman is one of the biggest entertainers in world cricket. His-no-holds-barred attitude leaves the bowlers in tears. Even rival team fans cannot help but appreciate the athleticism of him. Stadiums fill up and audiences around the world switch on their television sets whenever Chris Gayle walks out to bat.
His performance in the T20 leagues across the globe has been sensational. His fitness even at the age of 35 earned him praise from RCB captain Kohli who himself is one of the fittest cricketers out there.
The league and mainly the Australians will miss out on large-scale cricketing entertainment which the tall burly Jamaican ensures with his presence.