July 31, 2011

West Indies cricket

Gary Sobers turns 75

Nikita Bastian

Tony Cozier, writing in the Trinidad Express, looks back on Gary Sobers' remarkable record as the legendary all-rounder celebrates his 75th birthday and voices disappointment over his omission from the ICC's all-time dream Test XI that was voted on by fans.

By the time he ended a Test career that spanned 20 years, from 1954, when he was 17, to 1974 when 37, he had compiled more runs than any one else (8,032, average 57.78), held the highest score (365 not out), played more consecutive matches (85 out of 93 overall) and compiled more hundreds than anyone but the phenomenal Bradman (26 to 29). He had also captained more times (39) and held more catches (109) than any other West Indian. Only Lance Gibbs had taken more wickets than his 235, except that Sobers had done so in three different styles.

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