cricket Legends have made
a significant contributions to the legacy of West
Indian cricket, with both bat and ball.
Indies is huge and most of the players who have represented the Windies
over the past seventy five years can be consider legends of the game.
feature all the
players here is near impossible. So we will focus on a set criteria of
average above 40 and bowling average of under 30 for the purpose of
gives you an overview of the most prominent West Indies
Cricket legends. To find out more just follow the links.
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Is a true West Indies Cricket legend. He was born in
Kingston Jamaica in 1930, he made his debut as a
left-arm orthodox bowler, against England at
Mancester on June 8th 1950. Valentine played in 36 Test
taking 139 wickets at an average of 30.32, he played his last Test
match against India in April 1962.
Rae - was born into a cricket family his
father Ernest Rae
toured England with West Indies in 1928. It was no surprise when Allan
Rae made his Test debut for West Indies in 1948 against India at Delhi
as a left-handed opening batsman. Rae played his last test match in
Kallicharran - was a small orthodox West
Indian middle order batsman... full of
poise and balance he had a full range of strokes off either
or back foot. Kallicharran made his Test debut in the 1972 home series
against New Zealand at Georgtown.
Roberts - is a West Indies Cricket
in high esteem he is one of the game's great fast bowlers. He
his Test debut in the 1974 home series against England at
Bridgetown. The modern West Indian game based on the four prong fast
bowling attack, that served so well during the 1970's, 80's and early
90's, began with Roberts.
Butcher - Was born in Britsih Guiana in
1933, he made his debut for the West Indies on the 1958-59 tour if
India where he average 69.42. Butcher was an extreamely reliable number
four batsman as his Test cricket average of 47.31 will attest.
- Made his debut for the West Indies in 1990 and for the last 16 years
he has carried the batting fortunes of the West Indies cricket team
almost single-handed. Lara holds the record for highest first
class score 501 for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994, and the
highest Test score 400 for West Indies against England at the Antigua
Recreation Ground in St. Johns in 2004. Lara a West Indies Cricket
Griffith - Made his Test debut for the West Indies
in the 1960 home series against England at Port of
Spain. Griffith became the new ball partner of Wes
Hall they formed one of the greatest and most feared opening
attacks in the history of cricket.
Made his Test debut for West Indies in 1966-67
against India as a left-handed middle order batsman, right arm medium
pace bowler and brilliant cover fielder. Standing 6'5" with an imposing
presence in the middle Lloyd took over the captaincy of a talented West
Indies team from Rohan Kanhai in the 1974-75 series against India and
led them to a 3-2 win. He went on to captain the West Indies in 74 Test
matches more than any other person in the history of Test cricket. Clive Loyd a West Indies Cricket legend...
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intimidating sights in cricket. This west Indies Cricket legend Stood at 6ft. 2in. tall with broad
shoulders, Walcott drove the ball with immense power, especially off
the back foot and he could hook and cut with the best of them. Clyde
Walcott emerged as a force in West Indies cricket immediately after the
Second World War, and for a decade he was an integral part of the West
Indies side, immortalised as one of the Three Ws -- Walcott, Weekes and Worrell.
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Conrad Hunte - was born in Shorey Village
east coast of Barbados. He was the eldest of nine children, he grew up
playing cricket in the village and at the Alleyne school where he was
educated. Hunte first came to national focus in 1950-51 in the
annual Barbados Cricket Association versus the Barbados Cricket League
match. He scored a century and was selected to the Barbados national
team at the age of eighteen against Trinidad he scored 63 on debut.
Walsh - can
lay claim to being the most durable fast bowler in the history of Test
cricket. Walsh made his Test debut on the 1984 tour of Australia at the
age of 22, and for the first half of his career, Walsh was the
workhorse in a side with bowlers of the quality of Joel Garner, Curtly
Ambrose and Malcolm Marshall. But as he grew older and stronger he
graduated to the new ball around 1993, and formed one of the great
opening partnerships with Ambrose, they shared 421 wickets between them
from 49 Tests.
Ambrose - Made his debut for the West Indies after
only six first class matches in 1988. After bursting into the Test team
in 1988 Curtly Ambrose was the bowler on whom the West Indies depended
on, more than any other. And time and time again during his career,
Ambrose inspired dramatic West Indian victories with his incisive fast
Haynes - Made his Test debut on March 3, 1978,
against Australia at Port-of-Spain. And for thirteen years
Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge
formed what was the most successful opening partnership the West Indies
Everton Weekes - Made his debut against
England in 1947-48 after having a modest series in the first three Test
Weekes was flown in to replace the legendery George Headley in the
final Test, he made his maiden Teat century 141. He also
emerged as a force in West Indies cricket immediately after the Second
World War, and for a decade he too was an integral part of the West
Indies side, a West Indies Cricket legend immortalised as one of the Three Ws -- Weekes, Worrell and
Frank Worrell - Frank Worrell made his Test
debut for the West
Indies in the 1948 home series against England at Qeens Park Oval,
the Second World War, and for a decade he was an integral part of the
West Indies side, immortalised as one of the Three Ws -- Walcott,
Weekes and Worrell. He went on to become the first black-man to captain a West Indies team. Sir Frank Worrel my favourite of all the West Indies Cricket legends
Gary Sobers - Is perhaps the greatest of all the West Indies
Cricket legends. He made his debut for the West Indies in the last test
against England at Sabina Park in 1954. And for two decades he totally
dominated the cricket arena with both bat and ball. His Test record of
8032 runs at an average of 57.78 and 235 wickets at 34.03 earn him the
title of greatest alrounder ever.
Headley - made his debut in 1930 and for the period between
the wars he carried the West Indies batting with his scoring
feats. Through this period Headley's contribution was critical to the
achievements of the West Indies. When the war came George Headley had
played 35 test innings in ten years. He had scored two double
centuries, eight centuries and five fifties at an average of 70.64.
Greenidge At twenty three years old Greenidge made his Test
debut for the West Indies under new captain Clive Lloyd on the 1974
tour of India. Over the course of an outstanding career Gordon
Greenidge was to be acclaimed, along with Gavaskar of India as the
finest opening batsman of the 1980's and the best ever opener from the
Bishop - Made his Test debut for the West Indies
against India in Georgetown in 1989. However his bowling
careeer was interupted by serious back injury when in 1991 he was
diagnosed with stress fractures of the vertebrae.
Stollmeyer - Played in his first Test at the
age of eighteen on the 1939 tour to England making 59 in his
debut innings at Lord's. In 1948-49 he and Allan Rae
established West Indies' first reliable opening partnership, putting on
India at Madras.
Garner made his debut for the West Indies
in the 1977 home series against Pakistan. Along with this
awkward bounce Garner also bowled the most devastating toe crunching
yorkers the game had seen.
Gibbs - made his Test debut for the West
Indies in the 1958 home series against Pakistan at Port of Spain. Tall
and lanky with unusually long fingers and prodigious turn Gibbs
embodied some unique qualities as a right arm
offspinner. Gibbs was the second bowler in the history of Test
cricket to take 300 wickets and the first spinner to do so.
Gomes - was Mr. dependability in a star
studded West Indies battting line up from 1976-1987. Slightly built,
upright and elegant
Gomes was not in the typical mold of the traditional Caribbean batsman.
Rowe - made his Test debut against the touring New Zealand
side of 1972-73,
making history at Kingston scoring 214 and 100 not out, the first time
that a cricketer had scored a double and single century on Test
Constantine - was one of the great
personalities of the game, although in his debut series against England
in 1928 his figures was unremarkable in the form of 5 wickets for 262
runs and he made only 89 runs in six innings with the bat, Learie
Constantine made a distinct impact.
Marshall - was
the greatest fast bowler of his era and perhaps of all
time. This West Indies Cricket legend made
his Test debut on the 1978-79 tour of India as a 20 year old, for a
West Indies team weaken when the senior fast bowlers opted to
join Clive Lloyd to play in Packer's world series cricket.
Mantindale - Martindale made his Test debut
for the West Indies on the 1933 tour to
England. Martindale along with Constantine form the first
effective pace attack for the West Indies. Like most fast bowlers he
was fast and menacing.
Holding - made his Test debut for the West
as an untried, loose-limbed twenty one year old in the 1975-76 series
in Australia. In this series Holding still only twenty one his fastest
ball was clock at 97 mph.
Richardson - Was a brilliant cavalier batsman he
refused to wear a helmet for most of his career,
opting for his trademark broad brimmed maroon sunhat. An attractive
player with destructive shots square of the wicket and especially off
the back foot he was extremely severe with the hook, pull and
Kanhai - Made his Test debut for West Indies in 1957
as an opening batsman (and wicket keeper!). However, in the following
on Everton Weekes' retirement, he settled comfortably into the number
three spot. And developed into a true West Indies Cricket legend...
Fredericks - will
always be remembered for playing one of the greatest innings ever
played in Test cricket. It came in 1975 in Australia when,
the West Indies were going through a period of rebuilding. In
Test of the series, at Perth, he made a blistering 169 off 145 balls,
including a hurricane hundred before lunch in just 71 balls as he cut
and hooked Lillie and Thompson with impudence.
Nurse - was first called to represent the
West Indies, at the
last moment for the third Test against England at Sabina Park in
February 1960, he went on hit a sparkling 70 on debut.
Ramadhin - Made his Test debut on the 1950 tour of
a 20 year old, having played only two first class matches. Ramadhin was
an off-spinner of high quality who because of his peculiar grip could
produce a leg break with no change in action discernable to batsmen.
Immortalised iicalypso Ramadin is a West Indies Cricket
Clarke - was a strong, powerfully built
fast bowler with a typically West Indian love of life and the game he
made his profession, Clarke was restricted to 11 Tests by the
simultaneous presence of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner,
Colin Croft and Malcolm Marshall and his decision to join the West
Indian teams that broke the international boycott against the apartheid
of South Africa in the mid-1980s.
Viv Richards - made his Test debut as a twenty two
year old, under new captain Clive
Lloyd on the 1974-75 tour of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Richards
was seen as the brightest of a whole new bunch of
talented players who had been sent to India under Lloyd. In
the second Test at Delhi Richards announced himself to the cricketing
world with a chanceless 192 not out. Richards a West Indies Cricket
Hall - made his Test debut for the West
Indies in the 1958
series against India at Mumbai. Wes Hall easily fit into the category
of West Indies Cricket legends. Standing 6 feet 2, he
was couragous, very quick and
hostile in the early part of his spell. On his debut tour to
India and Pakistan in 1958-59, Hall took
46 wickets in eight Tests, and became a regular in the Test side for
the next ten years.
These are the most inspirational West Indies cricket Legends spanning
the period from the 1920s to approximately 2007 when Brian Lara exited
the international cricket stage after the Cricket World cup.