Garfield Sobers, Sir

Garfield Sobers, Sir

Sir Garfield Sobers, often known as Gary Sobers is a former Nottinghamshire and West Indies cricketer, widely regarded as the greatest all-rounder the game has ever seen, excelling at both batting and bowling.
He was a talented left-handed batsman, with a superb career Test batting average of 57.78, one of the highest reached by any player. He scored 8,032 runs in his career, which was a record at the time.

Gary was also a versatile bowler, taking 235 Test wickets at an average of 34.03. He bowled left-arm spin and also left-arm fast-medium. He was also an outstanding fielder.

His first Test Match was in 1953 aged 17. Just under five years later, in 1958 he set a Test cricket record by scoring 365 runs in 614 minutes in a single innings that included 38 fours and, interestingly, not one six against Pakistan.
It was his first Test century, and a record which stood for over 36 years, until it was surpassed by Brian Lara. However, Gary┬┤ innings still remains the highest maiden Test century ever.

In 1968 Gary became the first batsman ever to hit six sixes in a single over of six consecutive balls in first-class cricket playing for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan in Swansea, the unfortunate bowler was Malcolm Nash.

This tally of 36 runs in an over broke a 57-year-old record of 34 runs, held by Ted Alletson.

 


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