Garry Sobers      

Full name Garfield St Aubrun Sobers

Born July 28, 1936, Chelsea Road, Bay Land, St Michael, Barbados

Current age 84 years 181 days

Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Nottinghamshire, South Australia

Also known as Sir Garry Sobers

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium, Slow left-arm orthodox, Left-arm wrist-spin

Height 5 ft 11 in

Relation Cousin - DAJ Holford

In a nutshell While Bradman's status as the greatest batsman is increasingly under threat, no one raises an eyebrow at Garry Sobers being called the greatest allrounder. He broke the record for the highest Test score - 365 - at 21, could bowl left-arm orthodox, wrist spin and fast-medium, and was a brilliant fielder anywhere on the ground. He was also the first player to hit six sixes in an over in a first-class game More

Garfield St Aubrun Sobers
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 93 160 21 8032 365* 57.78 26 30 109 0
ODIs 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 6 0.00 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 383 609 93 28314 365* 54.87 86 121 407 0
List A 95 92 21 2721 116* 38.32 1 18 41 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 93 159 21599 7999 235 6/73 8/80 34.03 2.22 91.9 8 6 0
ODIs 1 1 63 31 1 1/31 1/31 31.00 2.95 63.0 0 0 0
First-class 383 70789 28941 1043 9/49 27.74 2.45 67.8 36 1
List A 95 4387 2393 109 5/43 5/43 21.95 3.27 40.2 4 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Kingston, Mar 30-Apr 3, 1954 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 30-Apr 5, 1974 scorecard
Test statistics
Only ODI England v West Indies at Leeds, Sep 5, 1973 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1952/53 - 1974
List A span 1963 - 1974

A cricketing genius, Garry Sobers excelled at all aspects of the game, and few would argue his claim as the finest allround player in modern cricket. His exceptional Test batting average tells little about the manner in which he made the runs, his elegant yet powerful style marked by all the shots, but memorably his off-side play. As a batsman he was great, as a bowler, merely superb, but 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 wrist spin, but 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. He was an enterprising captain - at times maybe too enterprising, as when a generous declaration allowed England to win a decisive match at Port-of-Spain. Born with an extra finger on each hand (removed at birth), Sobers excelled at most athletic activities, playing golf, soccer and bastketball for Barbados, and made his first class debut at the age of 16, appearing in Tests a year later. He was played initially mostly as a bowler, but four years later set the Test record for an individual batsman with a mammoth 365 against Pakistan. His achievments are numerous - including 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, 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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Man and superman

Off the field he may have been an awkward hero, on it Garry Sobers was "evolution's ultimate specimen"

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An allrounder like no other

As a batsman alone Garry Sobers was among the very best; to add to that, he had talent to spare to take 235 Test wickets

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Jan 26, 2019

The statue of Sir Garfield Sobers outside the Kensington Oval, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Barbados, 4th day, January 26, 2019

The statue of Sir Garfield Sobers outside the Kensington Oval

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Jan 23, 2019

John Campbell with his new Test cap, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Barbados, 1st day, January 23,  2019

John Campbell with his new Test cap

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Jan 23, 2019

John Campbell receives his Test cap from Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Barbados, 1st day, January 23,  2019

John Campbell receives his Test cap from Sir Garfield Sobers

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1964

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1974

Knighted for services to cricket 1975

Selected as one of five Wisden cricketers of the century, 2000