Former West Indies spinner Sonny Ramadhin dies aged 92


Former West Indies spinner Sonny Ramadhin has died aged 92. Details of his passing are to be confirmed.

A bowler who could make the ball turn both ways, Ramadhin played 43 Tests between 1950 and 1961 for 158 wickets at 28.98.

He was instrumental in West Indies’ first Test win in England, at Lord’s in 1950; West Indies won that game, the second of the series, by 326 runs with Ramadhin bamboozling the batters to take a match haul of 11 for 152.

West Indies would go on to register huge wins in the third and fourth Tests as well, to complete a landmark and wholly unexpected series victory.

Ramadhin along with his spin partner Alf Valentine led the wickets charts by a mile. Bowling right-arm off-spin and leg-breaks with no obvious change in his action, Ramadhin finished the series with three five-wicket hauls and a ten-for, his 26 wickets coming at 23.23.

Spin twins Sonny Ramadhin (left) and Alf Valentine (Photo: Getty Images)

Ramadhin, “a small neat man whose shirt-sleeves were always buttoned at the wrist” to quote ESPNcricinfo’s profile of him, got the call-up for that England tour at 21 after just two first-class games.

Both he and Valentine were surprise picks for the series, but would go on to bowl a lot – 377.5 and 422.3 (with the next highest being 181) overs respectively.

The pair’s exploits on that tour sparked the famous Calypso song “Cricket, Lovely Cricket”. (ESPNcricinfo)

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