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Sir Garfield Sobers

Garfield Sobers

Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers, was born in Bay Land, St. Michael Parish, Barbados. Undoubtedly the greatest cricket player of his era (1952 to 1974), he was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international cricket. In 1998, Barbados declared him a National Hero. Many adjectives have been used to describe him; the great Barbadian cricketer, the greatest all rounder, the cricketer’s cricketer, etc. Certainly, there will be no other like him.

Sobers first played first-class cricket for Barbados at the age of 16, playing for Barbados against India. He played his first test match in 1954 against England in Kingston, Jamaica getting 4 wickets. He showed promise during a 1957 English Tour, but it was during the 1957-58 tour of Pakistan where he set the highest test score of the time by scoring 365no.

Sobers then joined the Lancashire League, playing for Nottinghamshire where he developed an extremely fast bowl. He would then bowl for South Australia setting records completing an unprecedented feat during his first season there; 1000 runs and 50 wickets twice in an Australian season, something that no one else was able to complete even once. South Australia would go on to win the Sheffield Shield. He went on to captain the West Indies team in 39 Tests between 1965 and 1972.

After 20 years of playing cricket, Sobers retired in 1974, he held the record for the most runs in a test career at that time.