And he became Lawrence woe!
According to some, he is the best-ever batsman never to realise his full potential. Lawrence George Rowe remains the biggest enigma of West Indies cricket. Mid-Day's Sanjjeev K Samyal caught up with him in Jamaica.
It was the beauty of the strokes… the flair, the timing, good hands, good feet, good eyes that co-ordinate the kind of ease against fast bowling that makes it look slow; the nimble footwork to get down the track to spinners like (Bishan) Bedi, (Erapalli) Prasanna and (BS) Chandrashekar and play them with ease. I think that’s what made the crowds come and see me. In this stadium (Sabina Park, Jamaica), I have played probably more memorable knocks than any other batsman in the West Indies.
George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo