Omari Banks

Country: West Indies
Born: July 17, 1982, Anguilla
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder

Omari Banks Bio

Omari Ahmed Clemente Banks, born on July 27, 1982, is a name etched in the history of West Indies cricket. Hailing from the picturesque island of Anguilla, Banks made his mark as the first player from his humble birthplace to represent the West Indies in Test cricket.

Banks’ journey into the cricketing world began at a tender age. From the moment he first held a bat, he showed an innate talent for the game. His love for cricket grew on the beaches of Anguilla, where he would spend countless hours honing his skills, dreaming of representing his country on the international stage.

In 2003, Banks received the call-up he had been waiting for, as he was selected to play against the formidable Australian team. While the encounter was a baptism of fire, with Banks conceding a record-breaking 204 runs in his debut innings, he still managed to make an impact by taking three crucial wickets. This display showcased not only his skill and potential but also his mental fortitude to bounce back from adversity.

It was his resourceful batting in the lower-middle-order, however, that truly made Banks stand out. Just a week after his debut, he played an instrumental role in West Indies’ historic chase of 418 runs for victory against Australia in Antigua. Banks contributed an assured and vital unbeaten 47, etching his name in the annals of Test cricket history as part of the highest fourth-innings target ever successfully chased.

Before making his mark in international cricket, Banks had spent time in England, polishing his craft. At the age of 17, he joined Leicestershire’s second XI, where he showcased his potential, earning a solitary first-class appearance against the touring Pakistani team. The following season, he returned to England as part of the West Indian Youth team, further cementing his abilities.

After drifting out of the international reckoning in 2005, Banks took the Kolpak route into county cricket, signing with Somerset in 2008. This move allowed him to continue honing his skills and gain exposure to different playing conditions and techniques. Banks’ time in county cricket saw him further refine his game, and his performances were instrumental in the success of Somerset during his tenure.

Banks is not just an exceptional cricketer but also a testament to perseverance and determination. His journey showcases the heights one can achieve with hard work and dedication, even hailing from a small island with limited resources. His ability to adapt and bounce back from setbacks exemplifies his character and serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers from the Caribbean and beyond.

Throughout his career, Banks has consistently showcased his high, elegant action, good control of flight, and the ability to trouble even the best batsmen. Whether with the ball or the bat, Banks has proven himself to be a valuable asset to his team, consistently displaying skill, technique, and a warrior’s spirit.

Omari Ahmed Clemente Banks will forever be remembered as a trailblazer, not only for Anguilla but for the entire West Indies cricketing fraternity. His contributions to the game, both on and off the field, have left an indelible mark, and his story serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.

Omari Banks Career Stats

Omari Banks Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 10 16 4 318 50* 26.5 817 38.92 0 1 42 2 6 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 5 5 0 83 33 16.6 149 55.7 0 0 3 2 0 0
FC 80 126 18 2757 108 25.52 - - 2 16 - - 46 0
List A 73 60 17 1228 77* 28.55 - - 0 9 - - 16 0
T20s 9 7 2 153 50* 30.6 137 111.67 0 1 8 4 1 0

Omari Banks Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 10 20 2401 1367 28 4/87 6/127 48.82 3.41 85.7 1 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 5 5 270 189 7 2/24 2/24 27 4.2 38.5 0 0 0
FC 80 - 14507 7561 204 7/41 - 37.06 3.12 71.1 - 8 2
List A 73 - 3037 2241 81 4/23 4/23 27.66 4.42 37.4 2 0 0
T20s 9 8 144 217 6 1/14 1/14 36.16 9.04 24 0 0 0

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