Full name Ian Raphael Bishop
Born October 24, 1967, Belmont, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Current age 49 years 91 days
Major teams West Indies, Derbyshire, Trinidad & Tobago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||West Indies v India at Georgetown, Mar 25-30, 1989 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 12-16, 1998 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v West Indies at Leeds, May 21, 1988 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v West Indies at Lahore, Nov 4, 1997 scorecard|
|First-class span||1986/87 - 1998/99|
|List A span||1986/87 - 1999/00|
By the age of 26, serious back problems had twice brought a halt to one of the most promising fast-bowling careers. From a long straight hustling run and orthodox side-on action Ian Bishop was fast, showing the sort of pace that makes a crowd gasp as the ball thuds into the gloves of a keeper seemingly in another time-zone. There was sharp movement away from the bat too. After stress fractures of the vertebrae were diagnosed early in 1991, the giant Bishop underwent intensive rehabilitation, prayed a lot and modified his action, and became front-on without losing his awayswing. Two years later he took 6 for 40 on a rapid Perth pitch, to prove he had lost little of his potency. The following spring he broke down again, and was absent from the Test side for a further two years until another comeback, against England in 1995. Bishop played his last Test, also against England, in March 1998. He has since forged a successful career as a television commentator.
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