Rohan Kanhai

Rohan Kanhai made his Test debut for West Indies in 1957 as an opening batsman (and wicket keeper!). However, in the following year, on Everton Weekes' retirement, he settled comfortably into the number three spot. He didn't score a century until his 13th Test match. In the 3rd Test against India in the 1958-59 series at Eden Gardens, Calcutta Kanhai made his maiden century, going on to score 256, at that time the highest test score ever recorded in India. 

Kanhai was one of the great batsmen of his era he was beautiful to watch and could have been taken as a model for any young aspiring batsman. Kanhai was the type of batsman who's stats does not do justice to his ability he could have easily finish his Test career with a higer amount of centuries and a Test batting average above 50. Kanhai came into the West Indies team when there was no shortage of batting super stars. He played his first Test at 22 years in 1957 against England at Edgbaston.

Kanhai was appointed captain of the West Indies for the home series against Australia in 1972-73. West Indies lost the five-Test series 2-0 but he retained the captaincy for the tour to England the following summer. This time he enjoyed success, winning the three-Test series 2-0, although the following winter he only managed to draw the five-Test home series against England 1-1. Unhappy with his own form, he retired from Test cricket after that series.

Kanhai was recalled to bring his vast experience and superb technique to the number five position during the inaugural Prudential World Cup in 1975 at Lords. With the West Indies struggling at 50 for 3 Kanhai who was approaching his fortieth birthday displayed his immaculate technique in scoring 55, to fashion one of the great One Day International partnerships 149 with skipper Clive Lloyd who made 102 off 82 balls. 

The West Indies went on to win the game by 17 runs and Rohan Kanhai went out of International cricket on a high, with a career spaning 18 years between 1957 and 1975. Kanhai retire from Test cricket having scored 6,227 runs at an average of 47.53

Rohan Kanhai Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Rohan Bholalall Kanhai

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Date of Birth

December 26, 1935, Port Mourant, Berbice, British Guiana

Test Debut

England v West Indies at Birmingham - May 30-Jun 4, 1957 

Last Test Match

West Indies v England at Port of Spain - Mar 30-Apr 5, 1974 

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm medium

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Australia vs West Indies - Tied Test 1960-61 The first ever Tied Test match between Australia and the West Indies in 1960/61.Watch Rohan Kanhai in action dudring the second innings. 59 mins
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