The Sydney Thunder have pulled off two of the biggest signings in the history of Australian domestic cricket, by attracting West Indian Chris Gayle to open the batting with David Warner in the KFC Big Bash League.
Gayle, is one of the most destructive hitters in world cricket, and will form an electric opening partnership with David Warner that should have fans flocking to ANZ Stadium to witness what could be described as the most dynamic opening pair ever to walk onto a cricket field.
Gayle has an incredible T20 record.
In T20 Internationals he averages 32.46, with a Strike Rate of 144.49, for the West Indies, and has just finished an IPL season in which he was the highest run-scorer in the tournament for the Bangalore Royal Challengers.
Last year at ANZ Stadium he amazed the Sydney crowd when he scored 61 from 30 balls for Western Australia against the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues in the KFC Big Bash. This included 32 (4 sixes and 2 fours) from one over.
Gayle expressed delight at coming to Sydney and joining up with the Thunder: “I am thrilled to be able to come to Sydney and play for the Thunder. Having worked well with John Dyson in the West Indies, I was impressed with his plans for the Thunder and I think the team will have a great chance to win this competition. I have good memories of playing at ANZ Stadium and I look forward to walking out to open the batting with David Warner when the season starts.”
General Manager John Dyson was equally enthusiastic: “There is no doubt that signing Chris Gayle is a massive boost for the Thunder. Having worked with him when I was coach of the West Indies, I know that he brings a stack of experience and the sort of match-winning ability that only a few players have. To have an opening partnership of Chris Gayle and David Warner is something that all cricket fans should be excited about, and I can’t wait to see them in action together this summer”.
- Gayle averages 32.46 with a strike rate of 144.49, in T20 Internationals for the West Indies
- Chris Gayle scored the most runs for a single player in the 2011 IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 12 matches he scored 608 runs at an average of 67.55, with an incredible strike rate of 183.13.
- In the 2010-11 KFC Big Bash, Gayle scored 61 from 30 balls (4 sixes and 8 fours) for Western Australia against the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues. including 32 from one over.