The greatest all-round cricketer ever? You’d have a hard time arguing with anyone choosing the brilliant former West Indies captain Gary Sobers.
Sobers rose to prominence as a precocious teenager in Barbados and made his international debut at just 16. Known first as a bowler (left-hand spin and medium pace his forté), “King Cricket” also developed into an outstanding fielder and a peerless batsman: at just 21, he scored 365 not out (the second-highest score ever recorded) and once scored six sixes off the six balls of one over (which feat has only been equalled once). Sobers captained the West Indies during the late 1960s, when they were arguably the finest side in the world.
- Born: Bridgetown, Barbados, 1936
- Height/weight: 180 cm (5’11″)
- Known for: early-order LH batsman; LH spin/pace bowler
- Teams: 1952-1974 Barbados; 1961-1964 South Australia; 1968-1974 Nottinghamshire
- Test debut: 1954 v England
- International caps: 84
- Test Totals: 8032 runs scored; batting avg 58 runs; top score 365; 265 wickets taken; best bowling 6/73
- West Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year: 1958–59
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 1964
- Wisden Cricketer of the Century: 2000
- The International Cricket Council annually awards the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy to the international player selected as the Player of the Year.