Ramnaresh Sarwan

Country: West Indies
Born: June 23, 1980, Wakenaam Island, Essequibo, Guyana
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Batter

Ramnaresh Sarwan Bio

Ramnaresh “Ronnie” Sarwan, the nimble and Chaplinesque right-hander from the West Indies, had an extraordinary cricket career that spanned over a decade. Born on June 23, 1980, in Wakenaam, Essequibo Islands, Guyana, Sarwan emerged as a promising young talent with remarkable footwork and an impeccable technique. He was known for his ability to play spinners with ease and showed great composure under pressure.

Sarwan made his Test debut against Pakistan in 2000, and immediately made an impact by scoring an unbeaten 84 in his first innings. This outstanding innings drew high praise, with former cricketer Ted Dexter predicting a Test average of over 50 for the talented batsman. Sarwan’s footwork was his standout feature, as he displayed confidence and precision without the need for early trigger movements.

In his first tour to England in 2000, Sarwan lived up to the hype and topped the batting averages. He went on to make his mark against South Africa and India, smashing four fifties in eight Test innings. However, it took him 49 innings to score his maiden Test century, an excellent knock of 119 against Bangladesh in December 2002.

Sarwan continued to impress in the following years, particularly during the away series against South Africa in 2003-04. He scored two centuries and played a crucial role in guiding the West Indies to victory. This success was followed by a lean run against England, but he quickly bounced back by delivering an unbeaten 261 against Bangladesh.

In 2004, Sarwan played a pivotal role in West Indies’ successful one-day campaigns in England, reaching the final of the NatWest Series and winning the ICC Champions Trophy. He displayed his batting prowess and contributed significantly to these achievements.

Despite his consistent performances, Sarwan faced obstacles in his career. He was involved in a contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), which led to him missing the first Test against South Africa in 2005. Upon his return to the team, he performed well but was still overlooked for the captaincy, which was given back to Brian Lara.

Sarwan finally received the captaincy following Lara’s retirement in 2007, but injuries plagued him, keeping him out of the team for a significant part of 2007 and 2008. He made a successful comeback as Chris Gayle’s deputy during the home series against Sri Lanka, scoring three half-centuries and a century in just two Tests.

In 2009, Sarwan achieved his personal best score of 291 in Test cricket during the fourth Test against England. He showcased his immense talent and played a crucial role in the series. However, he endured a challenging time thereafter, losing his central contract in 2010 and fighting a legal battle with the WICB over comments made about his commitment and fitness.

Sarwan played his final Test match against India in Bridgetown in June 2011, falling short of the impressive career average predicted by Ted Dexter. He was recalled to the One Day International (ODI) side in early 2013 after an 18-month absence but failed to regain his form against Australia. However, he redeemed himself by scoring an unbeaten 120 against Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately, Sarwan’s international career came to an end shortly after this, marking the conclusion of a remarkable journey in West Indies cricket. Despite the challenges he faced, Sarwan left a lasting legacy as one of the most talented batsmen to have donned the maroon cap.

Today, Ramnaresh “Ronnie” Sarwan’s contributions to West Indies cricket are celebrated. His stylish batting technique, impeccable footwork, and ability to perform in high-pressure situations make him one of the finest cricketers to have represented the Caribbean nation.

Ramnaresh Sarwan Career Stats

Ramnaresh Sarwan Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 87 154 8 5842 291 40.01 12484 46.79 15 31 747 14 53 0
T20Is 18 16 3 298 59 22.92 286 104.19 0 2 19 6 7 0
ODIs 181 169 33 5804 120* 42.67 7663 75.74 5 38 480 58 45 0
FC 220 374 26 13405 291 38.52 - - 33 71 - - 155 0
List A 265 251 42 8488 120* 40.61 - - 11 50 - - 68 0
T20s 77 71 9 1197 70 19.3 1153 103.81 0 5 84 28 24 0

Ramnaresh Sarwan Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 87 56 2022 1163 23 4/37 7/96 50.56 3.45 87.9 1 0 0
T20Is 18 1 12 10 2 2/10 2/10 5 5 6 0 0 0
ODIs 181 25 581 586 16 3/31 3/31 36.62 6.05 36.3 0 0 0
FC 220 - 4368 2351 56 6/62 - 41.98 3.22 78 - 1 0
List A 265 - 1130 1001 35 5/10 5/10 28.6 5.31 32.2 0 1 0
T20s 77 2 18 22 2 2/10 2/10 11 7.33 9 0 0 0

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