Joel Garner

Country: West Indies
Born: December 16, 1952, Enterprise, Christ Church, Barbados
Height: 6ft 8in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Joel Garner Bio

Joel Garner, also known as “Big Bird,” was a renowned cricket player from the West Indies. Born on December 16, 1952, in Christ Church, Barbados, Garner’s exceptional height of 6ft 8 inches made a lasting impression on his opponents. Batters often found themselves intimidated by his towering figure, expecting to be trampled upon.

Garner’s bowling skills were a force to be reckoned with. He possessed tremendous pace, capable of delivering the ball at astonishing speeds. When he was in the mood, he could crank up his pace to the brisk side of rapid, making the ball rear alarmingly from a barely short length. His toe-crunching yorker was devastating, often leaving batsmen in agony.

Throughout his career, Garner displayed remarkable consistency and skill. His average of 20.97 ranks among the lowest among the top wicket-takers in cricket history. His Test debut came in early 1977 against Pakistan at home, where he took an impressive 25 wickets in five Tests. He continued to stack up wickets against opponents, both at home and away, solidifying his position as one of the most formidable fast bowlers of his time.

In a Test match against Australia in March 1984, Garner’s exceptional performance showcased his prowess. Despite the absence of Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall from the attack, Garner took nine wickets for 142 runs in a hard-fought draw in Georgetown. In the following match at Port-of-Spain, he picked up six wickets for 60 runs in the first innings. Three months later during the renowned blackwash series, Garner reached his career-best performance at Edgbaston, taking a staggering nine wickets. In his second to last Test series against England in Port-of-Spain, he dominated once again, securing seven wickets in a comprehensive victory.

While Garner’s value in Test cricket was evident as part of the most formidable pace attacks in history, where his workload was shared and five-wicket innings were achieved on seven occasions, his impact in one-day cricket was immeasurable. He excelled in the overs at the end of an innings, relentlessly delivering unhittable yorkers. Garner’s bowling average of fewer than 19 runs and an economy rate of just over three runs per over were exceptional during a period when bowling averages and economy rates were significantly higher.

One of Garner’s standout performances in one-day cricket took place at Lord’s in 1979 during the World Cup final. He demolished England’s slim hopes by recording the best figures ever in a World Cup final, taking 5 wickets for 38 runs.

Joel Garner’s contributions to West Indies cricket have cemented his status as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. His towering figure, devastating yorkers, and exceptional statistics made him a force that batsmen feared. Garner’s impact in both Test and one-day cricket has left an indelible mark on the sport, ensuring his legacy lives on.

Joel Garner Career Stats

Joel Garner Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 58 68 14 672 60 12.44 - - 0 1 - 15 42 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 98 41 15 239 37 9.19 360 66.38 0 0 - - 30 0
FC 214 231 54 2964 104 16.74 - - 1 8 - - 129 0
List A 256 133 46 1023 59* 11.75 - - 0 1 - - 71 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Joel Garner Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 58 111 13169 5433 259 6/56 9/108 20.97 2.47 50.8 18 7 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 98 98 5330 2752 146 5/31 5/31 18.84 3.09 36.5 2 3 0
FC 214 - 39829 16333 881 8/31 - 18.53 2.46 45.2 - 48 7
List A 256 - 13359 6598 397 6/29 6/29 16.61 2.96 33.6 13 10 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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