A tall, quick, fiery fast bowler. There have been many of them from West Indies, but only one of them has disappeared. Patrick Patterson has 93 Test wickets to his name from 28 matches but vanished from the scene after he was dropped in 1992. Bharat Sundaresan in the Indian Express talks to his parents in Kingston about Patterson's current whereabouts, why he could have strayed from the game and more.
Over the years, there have been many versions regarding his whereabouts as well as what he's believed to be up to. The most common among those is that Patterson was lost to the bush, as they say in Jamaica, drifting away into the wilderness due to drug abuse and destitution. Some say he's been in a mental asylum, while there are even those who believe that the 51-year-old has now shifted base to the USA.
His parents, Emelda and Morris, still stay up in the tiny, quaint town of Hectors River in the district of Portland. The Pattersons' abode is right off the main road and is still popular among the locals here. According to Emelda, not many people come around asking about their son anymore.