Sir Garfield Sobers was born on July 28, 1936, was the greatest all-round cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974. He was born with six fingers in each hand. Apart from being an outstanding batsman and fielder, Sobers the bowler was so versatile that he could bowl three different styles – left-arm seam and swing, slow left-arm orthodox, and left-arm wrist spin.
In 1952, he made his first-class debut against the then touring India. The 16-year-old impressed the selectors with his consistent line and length and the figures of 22-5-50-4 and 67-35-92-3 and earned his Test debut two years later against England. His handy 14* and 26 runs, batting at no. 9 was laudable. He also claimed 4 wickets in the first innings of his debut match. Since then, there was no turning back. He was of an era when Tests were the masterpiece and ODI cricket was not so developed. In the only ODI match he played, was against England in 1973. He got out on duck and took a wicket.
He became a worldwide sensation when he amassed 2,250 runs at an exceptionally high average of 93.75 in 24 Tests.
This includes his unconquered 365 versus Pakistan at home, a record that stood for 36 long years as the highest individual score in Test cricket until Brian Lara snatched the honour in 1994.
In 1961 against Australia, he cracked 132 in the fairy-tale Brisbane Test – the first ever tied Test- before the counter-attacking 168 at the SCG. Sobers took 15 wickets in the series, including a best analysis of 5/120, at an average of 39.20.
However, his finest bowling figures (6-73) arrived against Australia at Brisbane in 1968-69. His stats and capabilities earned him Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1964 and succeeded Worrell to become the captain of West Indies international squad.
As a captain, he has so much to savour, the team defeated Australia in a series for the first time in 1964.
Against England in 1966, West Indies won the series by 3–1, with one match drawn.
After this success,he was widely acclaimed as "King Cricket". In the following year, team defeated India in the challenging spin-uber tracks.