Full name Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts
Born January 29, 1951, Urlings Village, Antigua
Current age 65 years 153 days
Major teams West Indies, Combined Islands, Hampshire, Leeward Islands, Leicestershire, New South Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 6-11, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v West Indies at Chennai, Dec 24-29, 1983 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 7, 1975 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v West Indies at Jamshedpur, Dec 7, 1983 scorecard|
|First-class span||1969/70 - 1984|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1984|
Deadpan and deadly. Wicket or boundary, not a flicker of emotion would be evident save a gunslinger's narrowing of the eyes. Andy Roberts kept his emotions in check. But under the veneer was an intelligent cricketer with a fertile brain, plotting and planning the downfall of batsmen as if it were a military campaign. The modern West Indian game based on the heavy artillery of fast bowlers, that served so well for a quarter of a century, began with him. Here was a bowler whose pace came from timing, with power from a huge pair of shoulders. His bouncer was regarded as one of the most dangerous. He varied its pace, often setting batsmen up with a slower one and then poleaxing them when they were late on the quickie.
It took Roberts less than two and a half years to reach 100 Test wickets, the quickest at that point, and his best years were unquestionably in the middle 1970s, before the Packer revolution. Later he became jaded, and the edge went from his pace, although his experience and ability to move the ball kept him in Test cricket until 1983-84.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1975
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane