Legendary West Indies Spinner Sonny Ramadhin dies at the age 92

by February 28th, 2022

Legendary former West Indies spinner Sonny Ramadhin has died at the age 92.

The Trinidadian was an outstanding match-winner and formed a famous partnership with Jamaican left-arm spinner Alf Valentine throughout their careers.

They were a crucial part of the team which led West Indies to a famous 3-1 series win against England in 1950.

Ramadhin who could turn the ball both ways had the remarkable match figures of 11 wickets for 152 runs in the historic win at Lords – West Indies first test match win In england.

The Test also triggered the birth of one of the famous cricket calypsos of all time. Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts), the famous calypso star, penned down the following lines on the final day of the Lord s Test:

Walcott, Weekes and Worrell held up their name
With wonder shots throughout the game
But England was beaten clean out of time
With the spin bowling of Ramadhin and Valentine.

This, eventually led to Lord Beginner (Egbert Moore) s more famous version the famous Victory Test Match calypso a five-stanza composition that had the same lines after the first four stanzas:

With those two little pals of mine,
Ramadhin and Valentine.

Ramadhin who was the last surviving member of the historic West Indies team, played 43 test matches between 1950 and 1961 and took 158 wickets at an average of 28.98 each.

He was the first of many West Indian cricketers of Indian origin, and was one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1951.

His best bowling figures were 7-49 against England at Edgbaston in 1957.

Overall, he played 184 first-class matches and captured 758 wickets at 20.24 each.

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