Chris Gayle Net worth Money and More
NET WORTH: $ 15 MILLION
Born Christopher Henry Gayle on 21st September 1979 and popularly known as Chris Gayle, he is a Jamaican cricketer and plays professional cricket for the West Indies team. Chris Gayle made his ODI debut against India in 1999 and a year later his test debut against Zimbabwe. Chris Gayle and just the mere mention of his name sends shivers down the spine of some of the best known bowlers in the International arena, known for his destructive ability with the bat, smart footwork and unique batting prowess he is regarded as a T-20 specialist who can single handedly change the course of a match on any given day.
Chris Gayle played 99 test matches, 255 ODI’s and 40 T-20I matches averaging 42.02, 37.36 and 34.19 respectively, he is also a handy bowler in crunch times and bowls off-spin. Even though he had a very slow start to his international career he soon made his presence felt with a match saving 317 against a formidable South African bowling line-up in 2005 and five years later he again scored a career best 333 against Sri Lanka to be part of only 4 players in Test cricket history to do so.
Earning’s in Cricket:
Chris Gayle is one of the highly paid international T-20I players and represents many clubs and teams other than his country West Indies which include Worcestershire, Western Warriors, Sydney Thunder, Barisal Thunder, Stanford Superstars, Matabeleland Tuskers, Dhaka Gladiators and not to forget the lucrative IPL in which he plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) owned by liquor king Vijay Mallya. RCB bought Gayle for $ 550,000 his ability with the bat earned him a salary hike and a permanent place in the team and he was retained the next year with a pay of $ 650,000. In auction for the upcoming IPL-7 in 2014 Chris Gayle was part of the only 3 players to be retained by the RCB and he has a take home salary of $ 1.57 million this year. As if this is not enough he also earns around $ 250,000 while playing in the big bash T-20I. With estimated annual earnings of $ 8.5 million which also includes endorsements he is surely one of the top paid cricketers in the world.
Living in the Million dollar mansion
Chris Gayle is surely one of the busiest cricketers in the world and his professional commitments rarely allow him to take time and live at a particular place but this destructive batsman do sometimes visit his hometown in the Kingston Ghetto’s where he was born and brought up and when he does he goes straight to his mansion House no. 8, on Victory Avenue located right on the top of the hill. This 3 storey luxury mansion gives a panoramic view of the place below which is a sight to behold.
You don’t mess with the big daddy of T-20!
Chris Gayle scored the 1st international century in the T-20I format when he scored 117 against South Africa in the inaugural match of the 2007 world twenty20. In 2008 he was brought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $ 800,000 making him one of the richest for KKR but he failed to make his presence felt in that and the next edition that followed in 2009. In 2011 the 4th edition of IPL this big Jamaican was left unsold and was also dropped from the West Indies team thus hurting his ego, but later in the middle of the IPL-4 Royal Challengers Bangalore brought Chris Gayle as a replacement for the injured Dirk Nannes and what followed next is history as he showed the entire world how to bat in a T-20 match, when it comes annihilating the opposite bowlers Chris Gayle does it in style. Before his entry RCB were at the bottom of the table and his entry powered RCB to top of the table in that edition. Chris Gayle is undoubtedly the best and the most destructive batsman the world has ever witnessed his 175* in just 65 balls that included 13 fours and 17 sixes and his IPL stats that shows 58 matches 2512 runs at an average of 52.33 and an eye-popping strike rate of 160.31 along with 4 centuries he scored which are the highest by any batsman speaks volumes about his batting. After having played 3 editions of IPL Chris Gayle can be considered as a class apart from the rest of the batsman as none have entertained the crowd like Chris Gayle did.
Known for his calm composing nature and characteristic hitting Chris Gayle is regarded as one of the coolest cricketer but even this cool cricketer was involved in a dispute with the WICB over sponsorship issues and was dropped from the test side against South Africa. In the year 2006 during the champions trophy match against Australia he was fined 30% of his match fee due to his heated arguments and verbal duel with Michael Clarke. Chris Gayle received severe criticism during the 2009 tour of England when he publicly commented that he didn’t want to captain the West Indies side any longer due to the pressure associated with it and also said that he “wouldn’t be so sad” if Twenty20 wipes out Test cricket in the coming future.
Fun and lesser known facts about Chris Gayle
- When he is off the field Chris Gayle loves playing video games and also watches Tom and Jerry.
- His destructive batting earned him the nicknames “GayleForce” and “GayleStorm”.
- He scored the 1st century to T20 thus became the 1st batsman to score a century in all the three formats.
- Chris Gayle started celebrating victories in a unique fashion by shaking the legs on the lines on GANGNAM STYLE.