Rohan Kanhai

Country: West Indies
Born: December 26, 1935, Port Mourant, Berbice, British Guiana
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Top order Batter

Rohan Kanhai Bio

Rohan Bholalall Kanhai, known as Rohan Kanhai, was a magnificent cricket player from the West Indies who left an indelible mark on the sport. Born on December 26, 1935, in Port Mourant, British Guiana, Kanhai began his cricket career in 1954-55, representing his country until 1973-74. His tenure saw him play alongside some of the greatest players of the era, yet he shone as brightly as the gems surrounding him.

Kanhai’s debut test match against England at Edgbaston in 1957 highlighted his talent among legends such as Sonny Ramadhin, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Garfield Sobers, and Frank Worrell. Over the years, he continued to play alongside iconic names like Charlie Griffith, Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs, Roy Fredericks, Alvin Kallicharran, Clive Lloyd, Vanburn Holder, and Andy Roberts. His ability to hold his own amidst such esteemed company speaks volumes about his cricketing prowess.

While playing for Warwickshire in England, Kanhai established himself as a formidable batsman. He scored over 1,000 runs in a season on ten separate occasions, with his most productive year being 1970 when he amassed a staggering 1,894 runs at an average of 57.39. He repeated this feat in Australia and while touring India and Pakistan. In 1968, Kanhai recorded his highest score of 253 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Moreover, his unbroken partnership of 465 runs with John Jameson against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston in 1974 set a first-class world record.

Although Kanhai initially played as a wicketkeeper, it was his batting that carved his legacy. He displayed formidable skills as a middle-order batsman throughout his 16-year career, which inspired West Indies to rely on him consistently. His first century came in his 13th Test match, where he dazzled with a breathtaking 256 runs against India in Calcutta. In the same series, he contributed significantly to West Indies’ domination with another century and a score of 99. He achieved a total of 15 Test centuries, finishing his career with an impressive average of 47.53.

In 1972-1973, Kanhai was appointed captain of the West Indies for a home series against Australia. Though the team lost the five-Test series 2-0, he retained the captaincy for the tour to England the next summer. This decision proved fruitful as West Indies triumphed in the three-Test series with a 2-0 victory. However, his captaincy later faced a slight setback during the five-Test home series against England, resulting in a 1-1 draw. Dissatisfied with his own performance, Kanhai retired from Test cricket following the series.

Despite only participating in seven One Day Internationals due to the infancy of the format during his career, Kanhai left on a high note. He appeared in the inaugural World Cup Final at Lord’s in 1975, facing Australia. During the crucial match, he scored 55 runs and forged a pivotal 149-run partnership with Clive Lloyd for the fourth wicket. This partnership proved instrumental in guiding West Indies to a victorious 17-run win.

Rohan Kanhai’s extraordinary career left an indelible mark on West Indies cricket. His ability to excel in the presence of fellow cricketing legends reflects his exceptional talent. Kanhai’s contributions, both as a player and captain, will forever be remembered, as will his pivotal role in the West Indies’ success in the World Cup Final. His legacy continues to inspire cricket enthusiasts around the world and serves as a reminder of the immense talent that emerged from the Caribbean.

Rohan Kanhai Career Stats

Rohan Kanhai Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 79 137 6 6227 256 47.53 - - 15 28 - - 50 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 7 5 2 164 55 54.66 273 60.07 0 2 19 1 4 0
FC 421 675 83 29250 256 49.4 - - 86 120 - - 325 7
List A 159 151 29 4769 126 39.09 - - 7 26 - - 70 1
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Rohan Kanhai Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 79 9 183 85 0 - - - 2.78 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 421 - 1595 1039 19 2/5 - 54.68 3.9 83.9 - 0 0
List A 159 - 29 17 1 1/2 1/2 17 3.51 29 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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