In an interview with Indian Express' Bharat Sundaresan, former West Indies batsman Wavell Hinds looks back at the career of Chris Gayle, and what decisive moments led to the transformation of Gayle into a virtual six-hitting machine.
I understand the kind of shock and awe that Chris generates through his batting exploits among the cricketing fraternity, but I'm not too surprised to see him come close to scoring a 200 in a T20 match. I have had the benefit of playing with Chris for many years now, from U-19 level and having had the privilege of opening the innings with him from grade cricket right up to international cricket. But one match I'll never forget is a T20 trial for the Jamaica team back in 2006, where he smashed 196 off 68 deliveries and got out in the 15th over. It was on a first-class ground, Chedwin Park in St Catherine, Spanish Town and against an attack that consisted of Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels and Nikita Miller, all of whom had already played for West Indies. I was thankfully in Chris's team. And man, did he smash the leather off the cricket ball that day.