Jimmy Adams October 20, 2013

'Only Bradman had a better record at that stage'

Interview by Jack Wilson
After his first 12 Tests, Jimmy Adams was close to legendary
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First cricket bat
I must have been around five years old when I first picked a bat up. My family was into cricket and I think they bought one from the town - a cheap one for me to play with. That's what I first used and it got me started playing cricket.

First tour outside of the West Indies
I remember it well. I was 19 at the time and it was a great experience, real good fun. It's always an honour to play for your country. We went out to Australia for the Youth World Cup and did pretty well. We got to the semi-finals but lost out to Pakistan in Adelaide. Brian Lara was captain and Ridley Jacobs was in that side too.

First 12 Tests of my Test career
It was a good start, good fun. Only Don Bradman had a better record at that stage but you don't think about stuff like that at the time. You're just doing what you do and concentrating on doing the best you can. I was desperate to do well and had worked hard to get where I was. Then it's just about reacting as best as you can to what happens in front of you. You try not to worry about what else is happening and just take care of your game.

First Test as captain
It's always an absolute honour to be the man to lead any team, nationally or internationally. I was a very proud man to captain West Indies at the time. I'd worked hard before I was given the chance and we got off to a good start with a win over Zimbabwe, which was nice.

First thing I learned as a coach
That's easy. The thing I had to get to grips with was that you're going to be learning something new every day you go in and coach. You never know it all. One thing I also stress is taking control at what I call "critical moments" of games. That's hugely important too.

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  • armchairjohnny on October 20, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Ah, the glorious early 90's! I remember when Jimmy Adams was ranked the number one batsman in the world then, just ahead of Steve Waugh. Tendulkar was a project still in development and Lara was yet to dazzle us fully with his brilliance.

    Loved watching Jimmy play. The 137 at Georgetown against England was a majestic knock and I remember almost every delivery of his innings! He was one of those plucky, tenacious batsmen who could bat for hours on end racking up huge partnerships. The way he used his pads was, by admission, at times hilarious, but he was incredibly versatile as a cricketer. I remember him keeping wicket and also bowling. He came across as one of the more talkative West Indian cricketers of his era. Wish he had played more tests, his career seemed to end a tad early!

  • xlcrhs on October 22, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    @golgo-85 As someone who new Jimmy personally you can't be more wrong.There was never arrogance only humility and lots of it! I think Jimmy was made captain because his humility & ability to get get a long with his team mates was seen as an asset. @mad-hamish It's true that his stats fell off but at the time how many WI players had better averages? I read a mother's day interview with Carl Hooper's mom in which she stated that Carl was hurt that Jimmy was announced as captain in Guyana at Carl's expense and when Carl returned he didn't wamt Jimmy in the team. I think Hooper's mom might be right!

  • Optic on October 21, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    @Brodie McDonald So that's one you've name, who are all these others. You Aussies are hilarious though, from the very same game you had Warner and Haddin not walking after edges & both came ut and admitted they knew they hit it. Then various other Aussies after that event and lets not even mention Clarke the previous Ashes, smashing it to short leg off KP, started to walk and then had the audacity to come back and stand his ground. The sanctimonious drivel from you lot about Broad was hypocrisy at it's finest, since you lot wrote the book on not walking and still do to this day.

  • Beertjie on October 21, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Actually his debut was in 1992 vs South Africa. Played marvellously to set up the game for Ambrose and Walsh to win it on the fifth day. Watching him bat in that match one could see the man's spirit. Pity about that knife incident which prevented him from touring SA in '98-99. That whitewash was painful to behold and signalled the end of the WI as a cricketing superpower (although they fought back marvellously against Oz a few months later, mostly thanks to Lara).

  • golgo_85 on October 21, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ Brodie, thank you for missing the point of the article completely where it would've been more appropriate to compare cricketers who belonged to the era that Jimmy Adams did. No one is saying that what Broad did was commendable but if you really want to overtly generalize, Aussies do take the cake for the unwillingness to walk regardless the era, don't they? Yes. I thought so. Thank you.

  • on October 21, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Was fondly called "Jimmy (P)Adams" in India -- says it all.

  • 777aditya on October 21, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    I still have vivid memories of Jimmy Adams when he visited India. He batted like a dream like many other left handers have in the past against India i.e. Andy Flower (Zim), Saeed Anwar (Pakistan), Gary Kirsten (RSA), etc. Jimmy used to play steady in tests, grind for hours and even days together, and played medium pacers and spinners with effortless ease. Good batsman and good wicketkeeper!

  • on October 21, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    @golgo_85. "as an englishman" please, the poms are the worst for not walking. stuart broad in the ashes?

  • Mad_Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    @jimbond post 2001 Warne's yearly averages were 19.55 in 02, 24.07 in 04, 22.02 in 05. 30.20 in 06 and only 1 match in 07. McGrath 2002 av 18.14, 03 35.25, 04 18.46, 05 21.80, 06 29.05 07 only 1 test. Murali averaged over 25 in 1 years post 2001 (2009 where he averaged in the 40s)

  • Mad_Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    As to why Adams was dropped. Over his last 30 tests, 20 tests and 10 tests he averaged under 30. Last 10 tests average 21.82, last 20 tests average 29.66, last 30 tests average 25.80. In his last 30 tests he made 1 100 and 6 50s Last 2 series average 24.40 vs England, 18.87 vs Aus. Purely and simply not enough runs. As far as changes to the lbw law goes there haven't been any since the early 80s. Interpretation might have changed but not hugely. In any case he was out lbw 18 times from 73 dismissals

  • armchairjohnny on October 20, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Ah, the glorious early 90's! I remember when Jimmy Adams was ranked the number one batsman in the world then, just ahead of Steve Waugh. Tendulkar was a project still in development and Lara was yet to dazzle us fully with his brilliance.

    Loved watching Jimmy play. The 137 at Georgetown against England was a majestic knock and I remember almost every delivery of his innings! He was one of those plucky, tenacious batsmen who could bat for hours on end racking up huge partnerships. The way he used his pads was, by admission, at times hilarious, but he was incredibly versatile as a cricketer. I remember him keeping wicket and also bowling. He came across as one of the more talkative West Indian cricketers of his era. Wish he had played more tests, his career seemed to end a tad early!

  • xlcrhs on October 22, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    @golgo-85 As someone who new Jimmy personally you can't be more wrong.There was never arrogance only humility and lots of it! I think Jimmy was made captain because his humility & ability to get get a long with his team mates was seen as an asset. @mad-hamish It's true that his stats fell off but at the time how many WI players had better averages? I read a mother's day interview with Carl Hooper's mom in which she stated that Carl was hurt that Jimmy was announced as captain in Guyana at Carl's expense and when Carl returned he didn't wamt Jimmy in the team. I think Hooper's mom might be right!

  • Optic on October 21, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    @Brodie McDonald So that's one you've name, who are all these others. You Aussies are hilarious though, from the very same game you had Warner and Haddin not walking after edges & both came ut and admitted they knew they hit it. Then various other Aussies after that event and lets not even mention Clarke the previous Ashes, smashing it to short leg off KP, started to walk and then had the audacity to come back and stand his ground. The sanctimonious drivel from you lot about Broad was hypocrisy at it's finest, since you lot wrote the book on not walking and still do to this day.

  • Beertjie on October 21, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Actually his debut was in 1992 vs South Africa. Played marvellously to set up the game for Ambrose and Walsh to win it on the fifth day. Watching him bat in that match one could see the man's spirit. Pity about that knife incident which prevented him from touring SA in '98-99. That whitewash was painful to behold and signalled the end of the WI as a cricketing superpower (although they fought back marvellously against Oz a few months later, mostly thanks to Lara).

  • golgo_85 on October 21, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @ Brodie, thank you for missing the point of the article completely where it would've been more appropriate to compare cricketers who belonged to the era that Jimmy Adams did. No one is saying that what Broad did was commendable but if you really want to overtly generalize, Aussies do take the cake for the unwillingness to walk regardless the era, don't they? Yes. I thought so. Thank you.

  • on October 21, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Was fondly called "Jimmy (P)Adams" in India -- says it all.

  • 777aditya on October 21, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    I still have vivid memories of Jimmy Adams when he visited India. He batted like a dream like many other left handers have in the past against India i.e. Andy Flower (Zim), Saeed Anwar (Pakistan), Gary Kirsten (RSA), etc. Jimmy used to play steady in tests, grind for hours and even days together, and played medium pacers and spinners with effortless ease. Good batsman and good wicketkeeper!

  • on October 21, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    @golgo_85. "as an englishman" please, the poms are the worst for not walking. stuart broad in the ashes?

  • Mad_Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    @jimbond post 2001 Warne's yearly averages were 19.55 in 02, 24.07 in 04, 22.02 in 05. 30.20 in 06 and only 1 match in 07. McGrath 2002 av 18.14, 03 35.25, 04 18.46, 05 21.80, 06 29.05 07 only 1 test. Murali averaged over 25 in 1 years post 2001 (2009 where he averaged in the 40s)

  • Mad_Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    As to why Adams was dropped. Over his last 30 tests, 20 tests and 10 tests he averaged under 30. Last 10 tests average 21.82, last 20 tests average 29.66, last 30 tests average 25.80. In his last 30 tests he made 1 100 and 6 50s Last 2 series average 24.40 vs England, 18.87 vs Aus. Purely and simply not enough runs. As far as changes to the lbw law goes there haven't been any since the early 80s. Interpretation might have changed but not hugely. In any case he was out lbw 18 times from 73 dismissals

  • Mayaro_Man on October 20, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @golgo_85 we saw completely different players. Adams did have a quiet dignity which I saw as resolve and pride, not arrogance. How could he be with Lara in that team? Also, which Australian batsman walks? Even Sachin has nicked it and stood his ground. Jimmy was a good player who probably underachieved in the end. Best wishes on his future.

  • golgo_85 on October 20, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    It's more to do with his quiet arrogance as a human being that came back to affect his career as a cricketer. As an Englishman, it's probably my own issue with people not behaving appropriately and during that era Jimmy Adams was one of the few cricketers with a bit of an attitude which only made them look worse. I've found Jimmy Adams standing his ground in many occasions waiting for the umpire to make the call even after the thickest of the edges, notably one of Wasim Akram's where he should've walked right away. In the end, Adams had reached the limit of his abilities by the end of the 2nd year of his mediocre career. Definitely not a selfless enough person to be coaching at any level.

  • jimbond on October 20, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I have heard that changes in the LBW rule led to his downfall. @armchairjohny: Not sure about the Tendulkar Part. Adams' debut was in 1991 and he played till 2001. Tendulkar was at his most dominant in this period. By 2001, Tendulkar had developed his infamous tennis elbow problems and was subsequently only a shadow of the batsman he was earlier. Actually the achievement of Adams (and Tendulkar) is significant because of the quality of bowling in this period- by early 2002, Akram, Waqar, Ambrose, Walsh, Donald were in the process of hanging up their boots and Mcgrath, Warne, Murali were past their best.

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Ambros and Walsh still had a few yrs left in them but the Dumb journalist forced them to retire when WI had no replacements. This only add to the decline to WI cricket. Walsh last Test series he managed a record 35 wkts in 5 Test vs Eng. Y he had to leave?

  • PrasPunter on October 20, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    @armchairjohnny , his career ended after the twin-failures against Eng and Aus away from home in 2000. Aus was at the height of their peaks , what with the 5-0 being among the first run of 16 consecutive victories. Jimmy toured india i think in 94 and was fondly described as "Padams" for using his pads most of the time against india's spinners. His knock of some 40-odd to scramble to a one-wicket victory in a test against Pak would go down as one of the highlights of his career.

  • landl47 on October 20, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    1132 runs @87 was indeed a brilliant start to his career. The rest of his career wasn't quite as memorable, but he was a good test player in a great era.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    this was a quit interesting article.

  • Lara213 on October 20, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    When you look at that WI team of the 90s there's no real excuse for its crash from grace. Lara, Hooper, Adams, Chanderpaul could have got into any WI XI and Ambrose/Walsh still had a few years left in their legs and even after WI lost the top spot to Aus in '95, they still odd showed flashes of the old windies' brilliance. The 5-0 in SA in 98 should have been used as the warning signal but complacency and long-standing inter-island rivalry seem to have sabotaged any efforts to address the signs of creeping decline.

    I often wonder if they had won that drawn series against Australia in 98/99 and reclaimed the Frank Worrel if that would have given them the boost they needed and Lara the confidence as a captain going into 00s. As it was, it was a last hurrah before the dismal decline.

  • Lara213 on October 20, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    When you look at that WI team of the 90s there's no real excuse for its crash from grace. Lara, Hooper, Adams, Chanderpaul could have got into any WI XI and Ambrose/Walsh still had a few years left in their legs and even after WI lost the top spot to Aus in '95, they still odd showed flashes of the old windies' brilliance. The 5-0 in SA in 98 should have been used as the warning signal but complacency and long-standing inter-island rivalry seem to have sabotaged any efforts to address the signs of creeping decline.

    I often wonder if they had won that drawn series against Australia in 98/99 and reclaimed the Frank Worrel if that would have given them the boost they needed and Lara the confidence as a captain going into 00s. As it was, it was a last hurrah before the dismal decline.

  • on October 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    this was a quit interesting article.

  • landl47 on October 20, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    1132 runs @87 was indeed a brilliant start to his career. The rest of his career wasn't quite as memorable, but he was a good test player in a great era.

  • PrasPunter on October 20, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    @armchairjohnny , his career ended after the twin-failures against Eng and Aus away from home in 2000. Aus was at the height of their peaks , what with the 5-0 being among the first run of 16 consecutive victories. Jimmy toured india i think in 94 and was fondly described as "Padams" for using his pads most of the time against india's spinners. His knock of some 40-odd to scramble to a one-wicket victory in a test against Pak would go down as one of the highlights of his career.

  • on October 20, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Ambros and Walsh still had a few yrs left in them but the Dumb journalist forced them to retire when WI had no replacements. This only add to the decline to WI cricket. Walsh last Test series he managed a record 35 wkts in 5 Test vs Eng. Y he had to leave?

  • jimbond on October 20, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I have heard that changes in the LBW rule led to his downfall. @armchairjohny: Not sure about the Tendulkar Part. Adams' debut was in 1991 and he played till 2001. Tendulkar was at his most dominant in this period. By 2001, Tendulkar had developed his infamous tennis elbow problems and was subsequently only a shadow of the batsman he was earlier. Actually the achievement of Adams (and Tendulkar) is significant because of the quality of bowling in this period- by early 2002, Akram, Waqar, Ambrose, Walsh, Donald were in the process of hanging up their boots and Mcgrath, Warne, Murali were past their best.

  • golgo_85 on October 20, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    It's more to do with his quiet arrogance as a human being that came back to affect his career as a cricketer. As an Englishman, it's probably my own issue with people not behaving appropriately and during that era Jimmy Adams was one of the few cricketers with a bit of an attitude which only made them look worse. I've found Jimmy Adams standing his ground in many occasions waiting for the umpire to make the call even after the thickest of the edges, notably one of Wasim Akram's where he should've walked right away. In the end, Adams had reached the limit of his abilities by the end of the 2nd year of his mediocre career. Definitely not a selfless enough person to be coaching at any level.

  • Mayaro_Man on October 20, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @golgo_85 we saw completely different players. Adams did have a quiet dignity which I saw as resolve and pride, not arrogance. How could he be with Lara in that team? Also, which Australian batsman walks? Even Sachin has nicked it and stood his ground. Jimmy was a good player who probably underachieved in the end. Best wishes on his future.

  • Mad_Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    As to why Adams was dropped. Over his last 30 tests, 20 tests and 10 tests he averaged under 30. Last 10 tests average 21.82, last 20 tests average 29.66, last 30 tests average 25.80. In his last 30 tests he made 1 100 and 6 50s Last 2 series average 24.40 vs England, 18.87 vs Aus. Purely and simply not enough runs. As far as changes to the lbw law goes there haven't been any since the early 80s. Interpretation might have changed but not hugely. In any case he was out lbw 18 times from 73 dismissals

  • Mad_Hamish on October 21, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    @jimbond post 2001 Warne's yearly averages were 19.55 in 02, 24.07 in 04, 22.02 in 05. 30.20 in 06 and only 1 match in 07. McGrath 2002 av 18.14, 03 35.25, 04 18.46, 05 21.80, 06 29.05 07 only 1 test. Murali averaged over 25 in 1 years post 2001 (2009 where he averaged in the 40s)