Full name Colin Everton Hunte Croft
Born March 15, 1953, Lancaster Village, East Coast, Demerara, British Guiana
Current age 62 years 72 days
Major teams West Indies, Guyana, Lancashire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Feb 18-23, 1977 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, Jan 30-Feb 3, 1982 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v Pakistan at Albion, Mar 16, 1977 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Nov 24, 1981 scorecard|
|First-class span||1971/72 - 1982|
|List A span||1975/76 - 1983/84|
"Crofty," a West Indian team-mate once said, "would bounce his grandmother if he thought there was a wicket in it." In a relatively brief career lasting just five years, he established a reputation as one of the most chilling of fast men, with no compunction whatsoever about inflicting pain. There was little of the orthodox about him. The prancing run was straight but the batsman saw only his head bobbing behind the umpire until he veered out wide of the crease just prior to delivery, leaning back and slanting the ball awkwardly in to the right-hander. Often, as with Courtney Walsh later, it would hold up off the seam and move away.
Occasionally his volatility and enthusiasm for the bouncer got him into trouble, most notably when he kept the local infirmary busy while bowling for Guyana against the Australians in 1977-78, and again two winters later during an acrimonious tour of New Zealand, when he failed to veer out in his run and flattened the umpire Fred Goodall who had annoyed him.
He was a fine bowler though and in 27 matches he managed 125 wickets - a remarkable haul in a side laden with high-class pace where the spoils tended to be spread. Best of all came in his second match where at Port-of-Spain he laid waste the Pakistan batting with 8 for 29, still the best figures by a West Indian fast bowler. Since retirement he qualified as an airline pilot ("he wouldn't land in the middle of the runway too often," someone commented) and then joined the media circus where he frequently turns press conferences into a lecture theatre. Mike Selvey
Ricky Ponting talks about Mumbai Indians' amazing turnaround, his relationship with Harbhajan Singh, and being part of perhaps the most star studded coaching line-up in cricket
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Michael Holding on his regrets over West Indies' behaviour in New Zealand in 1980, why Mohammad Amir deserves a second chance, and how crazy workloads are killing cricket
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Garry Sobers talks about batting innovations and what T20 does to young players
In spite of Ajinkya Rahane's outstanding form, Rajasthan Royals' inability to bowl well at the death has hamstrung them throughout the season
Much about Lahore has changed during Pakistan's isolation from international cricket, but the city remains friendly and welcoming. Pakistan's players and fans are pleased cricket is coming home again.