At his yore, Sir Garfield Sobers was probably a genius in his genre. With a gentle yet attacking style, Gary Sober concluded his Test career at an exceptional average of 57.78. Statistics are just a hint of his heroics, the Barbados batsman has a lot more to cricket and his team.
On this day in 1974, Sobers played his last for West Indies. Scoring 8032 runs in 93 matches, the left-hander struck 30 fifties and 26 centuries in his Test career. Although he fell for a duck in first innings and later scored 20 in second innings of his last Test, Sobers left his impression forever.
Playing on the number three spot, Sobers scored his career-best knock of 365* runs against Pakistan at Sabina Park, Jamaica. By way of this, the West Indies legend surpassed highest Test score of 364 runs by England’s Len Hutton scored in 1938.
In the span of 24 years of his play, Sobers emerged timely as an all-rounder. Like Australian legend Don Bradman, who was unbeaten with his bat, Sober became the best all-rounder of that period. Having a magical arm, Sobers had an ability to both turn and strike with the ball, altogether as he could bowl Left-arm fast-medium, Slow left-arm orthodox and Slow left-arm chinaman.
Bowling with variations, Sobers claimed 235 wickets in 93 matches with eight 4-wicket hauls and six 5-wicket hauls. The Caribbean legend’s career-best figures were 6/73 and he concluded his bowling career on a praiseworthy economy of 2.22 runs per over.