Sonny Ramadhin

Sonny Ramadhin was the first East Indian to represent the West Indies at cricket. He made his Test debut on the 1950 tour of England as 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. A small neat man whose shirt was always button at the wrist, he possess a magical twirl of the arm which seemed to mesmerize all and sundry. 

Sonny Ramadhin emerged as a force in West Indies cricket during the 1950's and for a decade he was an integral part of the West Indies side, immortalised as one half of those "Little Pals of Mine" the other being Alf Valentine, depicted in the Lord Beginner famous calypso 'Cricket Lovely Cricket'. During the Lords test, Ramadhin and Valentine stamped their mastery. Ramadhin returned figures of 43-27-66-5 and 72-43-86-6 and Valentine 45-28-48-4 and 7-47-79-3. West Indies crushed England by some 326 runs to level the 4 match series 1-1 and went on to win the series 3-1. 

On the 1957 tour to England Ramadhin again showed his quality, at Edgbaston in one of the most extraordinary Test matches Ramadhin proceed to bowl as if he were at Lords in 1950. In 31 overs, with 16 maidens he took 7 for 49. He demolished England for 186 runs on a perfect wicket. However in the second innings May and Cowdrey tamed Ramadhin by blocking the ball with their left pad streched down the wicket. It was this partnership that profoundly influenced cricket in the years to come and finally broke Ramadhin as a major threat in Test cricket.

Sonny Ramadhin retired from Test cricket at the relatively young age of 31, after the Melbourne Test match of the tour to Australia in, 1960, having taken 158 wickets in 43 Test at an average of 28.98.  After retiring from International cricket Ramadhin play professional first class cricket until 1965, and continued to play the sport he loved until 1982, finishing up playing for Lever in the Bolton League.

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Date of Birth

May 1, 1929, St Charles Village, Trinidad

Test Debut

England v West Indies at Manchester - Jun 8-12, 1950     

Last Test Match

Australia v West Indies at Melbourne - Dec 30, 1960    

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm offbreak

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