Alvin Kallicharran

Country: West Indies
Born: March 21, 1949, Port Mourant, Berbice, British Guiana
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Alvin Kallicharran Bio

Alvin Isaac Kallicharran, widely regarded as one of the most elegant and graceful batsmen of his time, was a prominent figure in West Indies cricket during the 1970s. Born on March 21, 1949, in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), Kallicharran etched his name in the annals of cricket with his stylish stroke-play and impeccable technique.

Standing at just 5 feet 4 inches, Kallicharran was proof that size doesn’t determine success in cricket. Despite his diminutive stature, he possessed incredible poise, balance, and orthodox technique. His full range of strokes, off either foot, mesmerized bowlers around the world, leaving them helpless and baffled.

Kallicharran’s batting proficiency was particularly evident on the flat, batting-friendly pitches of the subcontinent, where he found tremendous success. Away from the seaming wickets of England, he dominated with his fluent stroke-play and consistently piled on runs. However, his success wasn’t confined to the subcontinent alone, as he showcased his batting wizardry on various other challenging pitches as well.

One of the most memorable innings of Kallicharran’s career came during the 1973-74 series against England in his homeland, Port of Spain. In the second Test of the series, he played what many believe to be his finest knock, scoring a magnificent 158. This innings, however, was shrouded in controversy. After making 142, Kallicharran walked towards the pavilion on the last ball of the first day, assuming play was over, without returning to his crease from backing up. England’s Tony Greig, fielding at silly point, threw down the bowler’s stumps, and Kallicharran was given out by umpire Douglas Sang Hue. The incident soured the atmosphere of the tour but was resolved the next day with Kallicharran being reinstated.

Kallicharran also came close to joining the Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket but ultimately fell short due to a contractual obligation with a Queensland radio station. However, he did take on the mantle of captaincy for the West Indies in 1977-78 when Clive Lloyd resigned over the Packer issue, showcasing his leadership skills and dedication to the team.

Despite being slightly overlooked in the statistics department, Alvin Kallicharran’s contributions to West Indies cricket cannot be undermined. His artistry with the bat, combined with his sterling performances, earned him recognition from peers and fans alike. He encapsulated the beauty of the sport with his elegant stroke-play and left an indelible mark in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts around the world.

With a career that spanned over a decade, Alvin Kallicharran amassed 4,399 runs in 66 Test matches at a commendable average of 44.43. His highest score of 187 against India stands testament to his batting prowess. Evaluating his first-class career, which included stints with Warwickshire, Kallicharran amassed a staggering 32,650 runs at an average of 41.08.

Alvin Kallicharran’s contribution to West Indies cricket, his cherished stroke-play, and his indomitable spirit will forever be remembered as he left an indelible mark on the history of the sport.

Alvin Kallicharran Career Stats

Alvin Kallicharran Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 66 109 10 4399 187 44.43 - - 12 21 - 12 51 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 31 28 4 826 78 34.41 1329 62.15 0 6 - - 8 0
FC 505 834 86 32650 243* 43.64 - - 87 160 - - 324 0
List A 383 363 36 11336 206 34.66 - - 15 71 - - 86 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Alvin Kallicharran Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 66 16 406 158 4 2/16 2/16 39.5 2.33 101.5 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 31 4 105 64 3 2/10 2/10 21.33 3.65 35 0 0 0
FC 505 - 7133 4030 84 5/45 - 47.97 3.38 84.9 - 1 0
List A 383 - 2294 1823 42 6/32 6/32 43.4 4.76 54.6 0 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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