Six Machine turns 37: Five elements that make Chris Gayle who he is

first_imgThe Universe Boss aka Chris Gayle, who has made a significant mark in the cricket world, turned 37 on Wednesday. On this occasion, here are a few things that make ‘the Six Machine’ who he is, from his best innings to the controversies surrounding him.Here is a list of highs and lows of the Carribean player, both on and off field:1. 175 runs for Royal Challengers BangaloreIt was Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriros match of IPL 2013 that Gayle not only shattered records but delivered innings that he is most remembered by.Gayle holds the record of the highest individual score in T20 format at 175 in a mere 66 balls. The closest that any batsman managed to reach is Brendon McCullum at 158 for Kolkata, followed by AB de Villiers at 133.He not only smashed the fastest century but also hit the most sixes, 17, by a batsman in a T20 innings, helping Royal Challengers Bangalore win the match with ease.2. Double century against Zimbabwe in World Cup 2015Gayle scored 215 runs from 147 balls. (Reuters Photo)Gayle himself termed the West Indies vs Zimbabwe match of World Cup 2015 as the best innings he ever played.Gayle shined for West Indies when he scored double century, highest by a player in World Cup. He finished on 215 from 147 balls with 10 fours and 16 sixes.The highlight of the match remains his partnership with Marlon Samuels as they made an unbeaten record of 372 runs together.3. Triple ton in Tests against South AfricaA nighmare for South Africa, Gayle smashed a magnificent 333 on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka in 2010.advertisementHe surpassed his previous best of 317, again against South Africa at home in 2005. The record made him only the fourth man to achieve the feat twice in Test history.The score remains his highest in Test cricket till date.4. ‘Don’t blush, baby’ controversy Gayle sparked controversy during the Big Bash this year. (Twitter Photo)In probably one of his biggest controversies that took place in January, 2016, Gayle faced backlash for openly asking a Channel 10 female reporter, Mel McLaughlin, out on a date during a interview.”I wanted to see your eyes for the first time, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well,” he had said, before adding: “Don’t blush, baby.”Despite McLaughlin dodging the embarrassing question and Gayle describing the incident as ‘just a little fun’, the incident sparked a social media outrage.”I didn’t mean to be disrespectful and I didn’t mean it to be taken serious,” Gayle had written in his autobiography, calling himself a victim of double standards.5. Owning a ‘very, very big bat’ has gotten Gayle into troubleHe was still not forgiven for the last controversy when he sparked fresh sexism row in May after asking a female journalist if she had ever had threesome.”(I have) a very, very big bat, the biggest in the world”, he said, adding, “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.”Gayle reportedly passed sexist comments by saying that women should please his man when he comes home. “When he comes home, food is on the table. Serious,” although if she also works, ‘they share’ and it is down to the ‘first person home’.”last_img

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