WI in Test Matches
Facts and Feats June 1928 - December 2013
By Ramnarine Sambhudat (Shako)
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Not many books have been written on the history of West Indies cricket and the few that did, don’t have the up to date statistical sections and for that reason do not fully satisfy the curiosity of the avid cricket lover who wants to know more about West Indies cricket and its players. In this pioneering “reference book”, Mr. Sambhudat has drawn all the strands together to produce descriptive and statistical sections, which in my opinion has made this book a must for all those interested in WI cricket. It covers WI cricket records from WI first ever Test match verses England in England from June, 1928 to WI last series verses New Zealand in New Zealand December, 2013. All important records in WI cricket from all departments of the game are covered in batting, bowling, wicket-keeping, fielding, individual, all-round and a host of other topics I am sure you will find to be very interesting. Only records on WI cricket in Test matches are covered and no other forms of the game. The facts and figures recorded in this book are truly amazing and I am sure that West Indians and maybe some players, either don’t know or forgot about their existence. An example about myself in this book. My career playing for the West Indies lasted for eighteen years, from 1958 to 1976 and over those years I have done well and to the best of my ability towards WI cricket. Two examples recorded by Mr. Sambhudat, brought back memories for me as a player for WI-(a) I held the record for the most Test wickets worldwide from February,1976 to December,1981.I broke Fred Truman’s(England) record of 307 wickets in 1976 and Denis Lillee (Australia) broke my record(309) in 1981-(b) I held the record for the most Test wickets(309) by a West Indian for 13 years, a record which was eventually broken by Malcolm Marshall who took his 310th wicket verses India at Bridgetown April,1989.
I met Mr. Sambhudat for the first time in my office at Laparkan in Miami in June 2013. After going through his book, the first thing that strikes me is the lay out of it. Every chapter is laid out in sequence relating to the records as attained by the WI from her very first Test match verses England in June 1928 to her last series verses New Zealand in New Zealand December 2013.
Furthermore, from the discussions we had about WI and cricket worldwide, I can tell you and I assure you, Mr. Sambhudat knows his cricket. The man seems to have a cricket library in his head.
I personally, have a large selection of cricket books. On the day of our meeting I brought out one of my book on WI cricket (75 Years of WI Cricket, 1928 to 2003). While I was going through his book on WI cricket I had to close mine and put it back on the shelf for two major reasons-(1)-my book was outdated and (2)-the information Mr. Sambhudat book has on WI cricket statistics, mine is nowhere compare to his and the most important factor is, his book has all up to date information on WI cricket.
Now, let me welcome you to this new “reference book”-WI in Test Matches-Facts And Feats to the cricket scene.
Cricket is a game of not only winning or losing, it is also a game of characters. Players love it for the challenge it offers and the opportunity to make a career. Spectators love it for the entertainment and for fun. It is a game with a mixture of skill, courage and dedication. It is contested between two teams and in this case playing as a team is essential. And yet at times the individual is out on his own and sometimes it all depends on him.
This reference book is compiled by a talented but unknown writer, who despite not being exposed as a writer, has great knowledge of the game, which he followed and played from a little boy growing up in Berbice, Guyana-a cricket fanatic. In this book you have so much information right at your fingertips on WI cricket. And what is very important, this is the most up to date book on the market, providing you cricket fans with up to date facts and figures.
The facts and feats contain in this book is the sort of things cricket lovers discuss over a beer or a drink after a game or at a local bar.
He is a new comer in a competitive world, just like a young cricketer playing in his first Test. I hope it scores the equivalent of a first-time century and it will appear in the hands of many cricket fans-a book I highly recommend to all cricket lovers and I know you will enjoy for a long time.
Rohan Kanhai- famous hook shot
Brian Lara-scored the most runs in the WI-6217 from 65 matches and the highest individual score in a Test innings 400 no-the only quadruple century in Test cricket
A brief history of WI cricket
WI first ever Test tour to England 1928
First Test tour to the WI-England in 1930
WI first tour to other Test playing countries
Other Test playing countries first tour to the WI
WI first Test win,loss,draw and tied in WI and abroad
WI closest Test wins and losses
WI smallest Test draws
WI first Test series win,loss and draw
WI “whitewash” series wins and losses
All Test playing countries first Test win V WI in WI
and in their countries
All Test playing countries first series win V WI in WI and in
Test playing countries first drawn series V WI in WI and at home
The first tied Test
WI records Batting
Records in the WI
Records against the WI
WI records against all Test playing countries
The dominance of right and left handers in WI cricket
WI best opening batsmen
Meet the West Indians with a 100 plus Tests
Guyanese contribution to WI cricket
Notable cricketers from other Caribbean countries
Cricketers of Indian origin who represented the WI
Contributions of East Indians to WI cricket
Achievements of WI cricket
WI cricketers up to December 2013
ICC Hall of Fame for Cricketers
Wisden top 100 batsmen in Test cricket history-WI batsmen
by rankings and innings played
WI cricketers-Wisden Cricketers of the Year
Wisden Cricketers of the Century
WI cricketers awarded Knightnood
WI players who won the most match and series awards
Umpires and match referees
WI players sent home for disciplinary reasons
WI under 19’s
Just for the record
EE Achong & Adam Sandford
Relations in WI cricket & represent two countries
Most matches played on a single ground-All WI cricket grounds
The rise and fall of WI cricket
Some “ firsts” on WI cricket
Do you know?
The South African connection
WI and the South African connection
Records held by West Indians and in the West Indies in Test cricket
Cricket jokes and funnies
Can five batsmen be dismissed by one ball bowled?
Can a match be drawn with one ball bowled?
The first ever Test match
The first recognised International Match
From hats to bats-the development of cricket equipments