An unflattering start
Makes his international debut in a series of one-dayers against India and Pakistan in Toronto. Has a horror run in the middle order, reaching double-figures only once in five innings.
July 20, 2000
Picks up his first Man-of-the-Match award, after bowling a nerveless final over in a one-dayer against England to hand West Indies a three-run victory in Nottingham.
February 19, 2001
Representing Jamaica in a Busta Cup match against West Indies B, Gayle racks up an unbroken 425-run stand for the first wicket with Leon Garrick, the first 400-plus partnership in the region's history.
March 9-13, 2001
Finding his feet
Returning to Tests after nine months, he makes his first significant contribution in the format, a power-packed 81 against South Africa in Guyana.
July 19-22, 2001
Toying with Zimbabwe
Blasts 34 boundaries on his way to his maiden Test century, a 175 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, to set up an innings-and-176-run mauling.
January 31-February 4, 2002
A high during a low spell
After three ducks in a row against Sri Lanka, Gayle top scores with boundary-filled 60s in both innings against Pakistan in Sharjah, but can't save West Indies from going down by 170 runs. Only thrice does he go past 15 in his next ten innings.
June 28-July 2, 2002
A dashing double
Posts his first Test double century against New Zealand in Grenada, with his second hundred coming off only 115 deliveries. It gives West Indies the first-innings lead but isn't enough to set up a win that was needed to save the series.
Hitting the high notes
Has a spectacular run in a one-day series in India, blasting 103, 72, 140 and 101 in consecutive matches, though only two of those efforts end in West Indian victories in a high-scoring series.
April 6, 2003
Is axed for allegedly violating an eligibility rule that demanded playing in a West Indies domestic tournament for selection to the senior side. He had missed the final, featuring his Jamaican side, and instead participated in an international double-wicket tournament in St.Lucia. Returns after missing two Tests against Australia.
June 1, 2003
The all-round Gayle
Takes five wickets for the first time at the international level to curtail Australia to 247 during a one-dayer in Grenada. Then returns to slap 60 brisk runs as West Indies romp to one of their biggest wins over the world champions. Within a year, he completes the climb to No. 1 allrounder in ODIs.
January 2-6, 2004
Cape Town carnage
Shows off his hitting ability by carting the ninth quickest Test century - off 79 deliveries - against South Africa in Cape Town. He smashes 19 fours and a six as West Indies reach 178 for 1 in the 35 overs before stumps on the second day.
Is among the senior players dropped from the Tests against South Africa because he has a personal contract with Cable & Wireless, a rival to official sponsor Digicel. After weeks of high drama, and Gayle and Co missing the first Test, the dispute is resolved after Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan end their contracts.
April 29 - May 3, 2005
Makes the highest Test score against South Africa (317) on the flattest of tracks at the Antigua Recreation Ground. His ten-and-a-half hour effort is the highlight of West Indies' mammoth 747 during which all 11 South Africa players have a bowl.
November 2, 2006
Grounding South Africa
In the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy in Jaipur, West Indies are set a seemingly challenging target of 259 on a pitch where the ball isn't coming on to the bat. Gayle turns it into a no-contest with a near run-a-ball 133 that seals a place in the final with six overs to go.
June 14, 2007
At the helm
Is handed the captaincy of West Indies for their limited-overs series in England. He impresses with his leadership skills but within a week there's controversy as he criticises the board over arrangements for the tour. Five months later, he takes over as captain in all formats.
September 11, 2007
Made for Twenty20
Blasts the first international Twenty20 century in the opening match of the inaugural World Twenty20, against South Africa in Johannesburg, but his effort is overshadowed by Herschelle Gibbs' 90 as the home side overhaul the target of 206.
Captain no more?
Sends a letter of resignation to the WICB, reportedly because of unhappiness with the selection policy during the just-concluded Australia series. Changes his mind two weeks later and continues as captain of West Indies.
November 1, 2008
The Stanford Superstars storm to a 10-wicket win over England in Antigua, and with it the US$20 million bounty. Captain Gayle stars with an unbeaten 45-ball 65.
December 19-23, 2008
Ending a drought
Makes his first Test century in three-and-a-half years with an uncharacteristically watchful 197 in the second innings against New Zealand in Napier. It ensures West Indies set a large enough target to ensure a draw.
May 13, 2009
Not a fan of Tests
Lands in England only 48 hours before a Test series due to an extended stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Sparks outrage a week later when he says he "wouldn't be so sad" if Tests vanished in favour of Twenty20s.
June 6, 2009
Blowing Australia away
In an innings of raw, unadulterated power, he bludgeons 88 off 50 deliveries to power West Indies past Australia in their campaign opener of the World Twenty20 at The Oval. The highlight of the innings is a Brett Lee over, which Gayle clobbers for 27 runs.
November 2, 2009
Back in the saddle
A contractual dispute between leading West Indian players and the region's board means Gayle and the entire first-choice squad is axed for the series against Bangladesh and the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. Gayle returns as captain for the tour of Australia after the players end their strike.
After tumbling to defeat in three days in the first Test against Australia, he revives the team with a restrained century in the second innings of the next Test in Adelaide. He carries the bat for a patient 165 which gives West Indies an outside chance of winning. Then, he whips up the fifth-fastest Test century in the next game in Perth, a match Australia go on to win narrowly.
An ordinary summer
Gayle, who blitzed Australia in the 2009 World Twenty20, was a lesser force in the third edition of the tournament. He also struggled against South Africa in the series that followed as the visitors came out on top comfortably winning the Tests 2-0 and the ODIs 5-0.
November 15-16, 2010
Gayle storms Galle
Without Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka had no answer to Gayle's power hitting in the first Test. Gayle smashed 34 fours and nine sixes on his way to becoming only the fourth batsman to score two triple-centuries. West Indies came through with a 0-0 draw in a rain-affected Test series.
A forgettable World Cup
Gayle played four matches and made one half-century in the game against Netherlands. He did not play in West Indies' loss against India but was back for the quarter-finals where West Indies were crushed by Pakistan. Gayle's early dismissal sparked a collapse as West Indies were bowled out for 112 eventually losing by ten wickets.
Lording over the IPL
After being left out of the squad to face Pakistan, Gayle turned his attention to the IPL and topped the run-scoring charts. Gayle, who scored 608 runs at an average of 67.55 and a superb strike rate of 183.13, flopped in the final ending Royal Challengers' hopes.
The impasse continues
The West Indies Cricket Board failed to have any conclusive discussions with Gayle after a radio interview in which he was quite critical of the selectors. The standoff continued through July and August with both parties unable to reach a breakthrough. Subsequently, Gayle was ignored for the Test and ODI squads to tour Bangladesh in October.
Gayle-less West Indies struggle
On the tour of India, an inexperienced West Indies team fought hard but were far from threatening on the batting front. Gayle's absence was definitely felt in the Tests as the tourists collapsed three times under 200.
A T20 star
Success in the IPL had already made Gayle a hot property in the Twenty-20 format. Following omission from the West Indies squad in India, Gayle moved on to play T20 matches in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the Big Bash in Australia. Needless to say, he proved his worth in all tournaments.
Solution in sight?
The WICB and Gayle held discussions again and this time, there was some progress. Gayle, unavailable for national duty for the entire duration of the IPL, said he was ready to forego his contract with Somerset to be able to feature in the limited-over leg of the England tour.
An exceptional IPL
Gayle went one better in IPL 2012 smashing 59 sixes and ending as the tournament's highest run-getter once again, with 733 runs. Royal Challengers, though, failed to repeat their 2011 performance and missed qualifying for the play-offs. On the Test front, the West Indies' batting line-up without Gayle hardly had an impact in the home series against Australia.
June 5, 2012
End of the standoff
Finally, after spending 15 months out of international cricket, Gayle was recalled by the WICB for the limited-overs segment of the England tour. The decision was made after Gayle and his agent met with the selectors in St Vincent.
October 5, 2012
Australia blown away
Gayle's unbeaten 75 off 41 balls is enough to take care of Australia in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20. Gayle faces only 41 balls in the entire innings, but his knock propels West Indies to 205, which is enough to win them the match by 74 runs.
April 23, 2013
175* in 66 balls
Records tumble at the Chinnaswamy Stadium as Gayle mounts a terrifying assault on Pune Warriors' bowlers in IPL 2013. He ends up with the highest Twenty20 score, the fastest century (30 balls) and the most sixes in an innings (17). Royal Challengers also end up with 263, the highest total in Twenty20 matches.