Garfield St Aubrun Sobers
July 28, 1936, Chelsea Road, Bay Land, St Michael, Barbados
Also Known As
Sir Garry Sobers
Left hand Bat
Left arm Fast medium, Slow Left arm Orthodox, Left arm Wrist spin
A cricketing genius, Garry Sobers excelled at all aspects of the game, and few would argue his standing as the finest all-round player in modern cricket. His exceptional Test batting average tells little about the manner in which he made his runs: he had an elegant yet powerful style and all the shots, and a superb off-side game.
As a batter he was great, as a bowler, merely superb, though he would have made the West Indies side as a bowler alone. He was remarkably versatile with the ball, bowling two styles of spin - left-arm orthodox and wristspin, but he was also a fine fast-medium opening bowler. His catching close to the wicket may have been equalled but never surpassed, and he was a brilliant fielder anywhere.
Sobers was an enterprising captain - at times maybe too enterprising, as when a generous declaration allowed England to win a decisive match in Port-of-Spain.
Born with an extra finger on each hand (removed at birth), Sobers excelled at most athletic activities, playing golf, soccer and basketball for Barbados, made his first-class cricket debut at the age of 16, and appeared in Tests a year later. He was played initially mostly as a bowler, but at the age of 23 he set the world record for an individual batter with a mammoth 365 against Pakistan - his maiden Test hundred. He reeled off five more hundreds in his next five Tests, including two in the same match. His achievements are numerous - the six consecutive sixes hit off an over from the unfortunate Malcolm Nash, a superb innings of 254 for the Rest of the World against Australia in 1971 that earned the praise of Don Bradman, a stylish hundred at Lord's against Bob Willis and Co while nursing a hangover, and much more. Like many West Indians, he plied his trade abroad, playing for Nottinghamshire and South Australia. He was knighted for his services to cricket in 1975.
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