Tino Best

Country: West Indies
Born: August 26, 1981, 3rd Avenue, Richmond Gap, St. Michael, Barbados
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Tino Best Bio

Tino la Bertram Best, the aggressive and energetic cricket player from the West Indies, brought a much-needed dynamism to the team’s bowling attack. Standing at a height of 5 feet 8 inches, Best’s fierce spirit and unrelenting drive were evident in his on-field performances.

Born and raised in Barbados, Best quickly made a name for himself in regional cricket. His exceptional skills and impressive statistics led him to top the regional averages in 2003, earning him a spot in the West Indies Test squad. Although he didn’t take any wickets in his debut match against Australia, it was clear that Best possessed the temperament and potential to become a force to be reckoned with.

Often compared to his fellow Barbadian and legendary cricketer Wes Hall, Best shared the same exuberance and blistering pace on the field. Clocking in at speeds as fast as 92mph, Best’s deliveries were enough to unsettle even the most seasoned batsmen. However, his lack of control, both physically and mentally, hindered his progress in the early stages of his career.

Frustrated by not receiving a West Indies contract, Best decided to join the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in February 2008. However, he didn’t stay with the league for long and returned to the West Indies Test squad the following year. This unexpected turn of events occurred after the senior team chose to boycott the St Vincent Test against Bangladesh due to a contract dispute. Best’s inclusion in the squad was a surprise, but he proved his worth on his return.

In his comeback Test against England at Edgbaston in 2012, Best achieved a feat that not many No. 11 batsmen could boast about. He joined the legendary Wes Hall as the only West Indies No. 11 batsmen to score a half-century in Test cricket. Though he missed out on becoming the first No. 11 to score a Test century by just five runs, his achievement showcased his natural talent and resilience.

Later in the same year, Best had his best performance in Test cricket against Bangladesh in Khulna. He took an impressive 6 for 40, ending the two-match series as the joint-highest wicket-taker with 12 wickets. This remarkable display of skill and determination further solidified his place in the West Indies team.

Tino Best has undoubtedly left a mark on West Indies cricket with his explosive bowling and unexpected batting prowess. Despite facing challenges throughout his career, he has proven time and again that he is capable of delivering match-winning performances. As a consistently passionate and spirited player, Best continues to inspire both his teammates and cricket enthusiasts around the world.

Tino Best Career Stats

Tino Best Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 25 38 6 401 95 12.53 706 56.79 0 1 52 5 6 0
T20Is 6 1 1 17 17* - 9 188.88 0 0 0 2 0 0
ODIs 26 16 8 76 24 9.5 125 60.8 0 0 7 0 4 0
FC 121 158 26 1593 95 12.06 - - 0 2 - - 42 0
List A 68 40 22 195 24 10.83 - - 0 0 - - 15 0
T20s 55 21 10 69 17* 6.27 79 87.34 0 0 4 3 9 0

Tino Best Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 25 45 3716 2291 57 6/40 6/71 40.19 3.69 65.1 2 2 0
T20Is 6 6 120 154 6 3/18 3/18 25.66 7.7 20 0 0 0
ODIs 26 26 1300 1157 34 4/35 4/35 34.02 5.34 38.2 2 0 0
FC 121 - 15609 9693 330 7/33 - 29.37 3.72 47.3 14 13 2
List A 68 - 2902 2552 88 5/24 5/24 29 5.27 32.9 4 1 0
T20s 55 55 1103 1388 51 4/19 4/19 27.21 7.55 21.6 2 0 0

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