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Garfield Sobers is a renowned former West Indies cricketer and is the greatest all rounder cricketer of all time. Born on 28 July 1963 in Bridgetown, Barbados, Garfield made his debut in the first-class Cricketing in 1956 at the age of 16 with the Barbados Cricket team. One year later Sobers made his Test debut with the West Indies team.
When Garfield joined Cricket, he was originally a bowler player but with time, he metamorphosed to an all rounder player that could take the field with exceptional skills. Due to his playing prowess and skill, he scored his maiden Test Century against Pakistan in 1958 and progressed to 365 not out establishing a new record. This record was the highest individual score in innings and was until 1994 that Brian Lara, who scored 375, broke it.
Sir Garfield Sobers cricketing success
Garfield was a left-handed bowler and batsman and had such popularity in the field that Bradman named him a “five in one cricketer”. It was because he could bowl in any position with conceivable style and from left-arm spin to medium pace. When growing up Sobers and his brother used their cricketing talent and helped the school team, win three consecutive years of the Inter- school cricket championship. This cricketing talent and skill eventually took him to national and international fame. In a span of 20 years, he played some incredible innings with his extraordinary skills that astonished everyone in the cricketing circles. In 1965, Sobers was made the West Indies team Captain a role he held until 1972.
He also captained the Rest of the World XI during the 1970 England tour. In total, Garfield Sobers took 235 wickets at an average of 34.03, played 93 Tests for West Indies, with 8032 runs at 57.78 averages. His record ranks as the fourth highest Test cricket average in a list of cricketers with over 1000 wickets. Towards the end of his career, Sobers spent time with the Nottinghamshire and South Australia Teams.
In 1975, Queen Elizabeth knighted Sobers for his cricketing services. In 1980, he became a dual Australian- Barbadian Citizen through marriage and in 1998, the government named Sir Garfield Sobers among the ten National Heroes of Barbados. To date, Garfield is regarded the greatest cricketer of the century that graced the game and the best all rounder cricketer of all time in cricket history.
Awards that Garfield Sobers won during his cricketing career
- In the year 1958 -1959, he won the West Indian Cricketer of the year.
- In 1964, he won the Wisden Cricketer of the year
- In 1970, he was awarded the Cricket Society Wetherall Award for All-rounder English First Class Cricketer
- In 1974, he was the winner of Walter Lawrence Trophy
- In 2000, he won the prestigious Wisden Cricketer of the Century. This was an honor that he won by receiving over 90 votes of the 100 member panel of experts.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2004 inaugurated Sir Garfield Trophy that is awarded annually to the cricketer of the year as selected by ICC.