On Day 2 of the first Test between West Indies and New Zealand at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, the 6-foot 2-inch superstar Chris Gayle walked out to bat in his landmark 100th Test amidst a lot of fanfare and adulation. Gayle, who has been synonymous with a devastating approach to batting in the shortest format of the game in recent times, added a feather to his illustrious journey in white flannels which began 14 years ago.
Recent history suggests Gayle is nothing short of a Twenty20 legend, a benchmark against which a batsman's success and failure in the shortest format of the game can be measured. However, numbers suggest there is lot more to the man than just being an entertaining and free-scoring batter.
On and off the field, Gayle's Test career has seen a lot of highs and lows, including stand-offs with the West Indies Cricket Board. The Jamaican, who wears his attitude on his sleeve, has never hesitated to stand his ground, even if it meant speaking against the policies of the WICB.