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Top 50 Greatest West Indies Cricketers of All Time: The Complete List (2023)

Time for the greatest West Indies cricketers of all-time!

West Indies has been a beacon of sunshine in international cricket for several decades. From the golden generation of Test cricketers to the ODI & T20 World Cup winning eras, the Caribbean has been a factory of talent.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in, the greatest West Indies Cricketers of All Time across formats and eras.

Key Takeaways

  • Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Vivian Richards, Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall, George Headley, Curtly Ambrose, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, and Sir Clive Lloyd are judged as the Top 10 Greatest West Indian players in cricket history.
  • The country of origin for these players is divided as follows: Barbados (13), Jamaica (10), Guyana/British Guiana (9), Trinidad & Tobago (9), Leeward Islands (4), and Windward Islands (1).
  • In this list of the 50 greatest West Indies cricketers of all time, we have 16 batters, 11 fast bowlers,10 allrounders, 4 spinners, and 4 wicketkeepers,

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List of Top 50 Greatest West Indies Cricketers of All Time

Cricket is a highly popular sport in the West Indies, and the region has produced some of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game. These players have made a huge impact on cricket with their incredible performances, and their names have gone down in history as some of the most memorable figures in the sport.

In this list of the greatest 50 greatest West Indian cricketers of all time, we took in account impact on West Indian & world cricket, World Cup wins, individual statistics & performances, captaincy, and legacy. All roles are considered. In this list, you will find the greatest West Indian batters, bowlers, allrounders, and wicketkeepers. Here we go!

Honorable Mentions: Larry Gomes, Carlos Brathwaite, Ravi Rampaul, Bernard Julien, Mervyn Dillon, Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards, George Francis, Herman Griffith, Manny Martindale, Leslie Hylton, Hines Johnson, Roy Gilchrist, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Seymour Nurse, Gus Logie,

Current Players Who Might Make the List in the future: Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Joshua da Silva

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50. Lendl Simmons (Trinidad & Tobago, 2006-2021)

  • Role: Right Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper
  • Claim to Fame: One of the heroes of the 2016 T20 World Cup campaigns, knocking India out of the semifinals. Devastating opening batter and dependable behind the stumps
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49. Deryck Murray (Trinidad & Tobago, 1963-1980)

  • Role: Right Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper
  • Claim to Fame: Constant presence behind the stumps for 17 years for the West Indies
  • Record: 4th Highest Test dismissals for WI
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48. Vanburn Holder (Barbados, 1969-1979)

  • Role: Right Arm Medium Pace
  • Claim to Fame: Complemented Wes Hall & Charlie Griffith as an accurate medium pace bowler
  • Record: 109 Test & 950 FC Wickets
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47. Learie ‘Baron’ Constantine (Trinidad & Tobago, 1928-1939)

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Claim to Fame: One of the early father figures of West Indian cricket. All-rounder, both on the field and off of it. After cricket, he was Trinidad & Tobago’s High Commissioner to the UK and fought against discrimination.
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46. Denesh Ramdin (Trinidad & Tobago, 2005-2019)

  • Role: Wicketkeeper/batter
  • Claim to Fame: Up & down with the bat in his career, but a constant behind the stumps for a better part of the 2010s.
  • Records: Most dismissals in T20I Cricket, 3rd in ODI & Test Cricket
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45. Jason Holder (Barbados, 2013-2023)

  • Role: All-Rounder (Right Arm Medium Pace)
  • Claim to Fame: Effective T20 bowler, handy with the bat, but most importantly, known for his calm demeanor and captaincy.
  • Records: 2nd Most Wickets for WI in T20Is, 6th most in ODI
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44. Ridley Jacobs (Leeward Islands, 1996-2004)

  • Role: Wicket-keeper/batter
  • Claim to Fame: Formed the core of West Indian team in the 1990s
  • Records: 2nd Most dismissals in ODI & Test Cricket
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43. Sir Conrad Hunte (Barbados, 1958-1967)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Celebrated for his performances during the 1960s. Played a crucial part in series against England and scored a ton against all Test nations at that time. Went into public life figure after cricket.
  • Records: 3245 Test & 8916 FC runs
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42. Jackie Hendricks (Jamaica, 1962-1969)

  • Role: Wicketkeeper
  • Claim to Fame: Although his batting stats may not be the most impressive, he was considered one of the best keepers of his time.
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41. Charlie Griffith (Barbados, 1960-1969)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Noted for his impressive fast bowling during the 1960s and forming one of the most feared bowling duos with Wes Hall.
  • Record: 94 Test & 332 First Class (FC) Wickets
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40. Samuel Badree (Trinidad & Tobago, 2012-2018)

  • Role: Right Arm Leg Spin
  • Claim to Fame: Vital cog in West Indies’ 2012 & 2016 victory. Changed the role of the spinner as a Powerplay weapon. Economical and a wicket-taker.
  • Record: 3rd Highest Wicket-Taker in T20Is for WI
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39. Daren Sammy (Windward Islands, 2004-2017)

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Claim to Fame: Recognized for his exceptional leadership skills and match-winning performances in T20 cricket.
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38. Marlon Samuels (Jamaica, 2000-2018)

  • Role: All-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Off spin)
  • Claim to Fame: Top scored for West Indies in both the 2012 & 2016 T20 World Cups, including the match winning knocks in the Finals in both tournaments. Controversial off the field.
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37. Lawrence Rowe (Jamaica, 1972-1980)

  • Role: Top-Order Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Famed for his outstanding batting performances in the 1970s. His noteworthy performances in test matches, particularly his remarkable double century on debut (214 & 100* on debut) is a standout among his contemporaries. One of the most stylish cricketers of all-time.
  • Record: 2047 Test & 8755 FC runs, best of 302, 7 tons (in 30 Tests only)
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36. Roy Fredericks (Guyana, 1968-1977)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Renowned for his aggressive batting style and crucial contributions during the 1975 World Cup. Fearless opener.
  • Record: 4334 Test & 16,384 FC runs, 8 Test hundreds.
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35. Andre Russell (Jamaica, 2010-2021)

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Claim to Fame: Possibly the most hard-hitting batting in cricket history. Revolutionized muscular power hitting. The Knight Riders franchise have Andre Russell to thank for their brand (and some of their trophies).
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34. Colin Croft (Guyana, 1977-1982)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Renowned for his intimidating fast bowling in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Record: 125 Test & 428 FC wickets. Stunning Test bowling averaging of 23.30
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33. Jeffrey Dujon (Jamaica)

  • Role: Wicket-Keeper Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Distinguished for his impeccable wicket-keeping skills and significant lower-order contributions during the 1980s. Holds pretty much all Test & ODI wicketkeeping records for the West Indies.
  • Record: Most Dismissals in ODI & Test Cricket for WI
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32. Ian Bishop (Trinidad & Tobago, 1988-1998)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Famed for his accuracy and control with the ball, particularly in one day cricket.
  • Record: 161 Test wickets, 118 ODI, and 549 FC wickets
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31. Sunil Narine (Trinidad & Tobago, 2011-2019)

  • Role: All-Rounder (Mystery Spin Bowler)
  • Claim to Fame: Noted for his ability to bowl spin with exceptional control in T20 cricket. With his batting reinvention, he revolutionized the role of pinch hitters in T20 cricket.
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30. Kemar Roach (Barbados, 2008-)

  • Role: Right Arm Fast
  • Claim to Fame: One of the consistent Test bowlers in the modern era. Sacrificed his limited overs career for the longest format.
  • Record: 5th highest wicket taker in Tests for the West Indies
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29. Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana, 2000-2013)

  • Role: Top-Order Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Known for his consistent performances and matches winning knocks in the 2004 Champions Trophy. With Chanderpaul & Lara, Sarwan provided West Indies some of the best batsmen around.
  • Record: 5842 Test & 5804 ODI runs including the memorable 291. 20 international centuries
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28. Alf Valentine (Jamaica, 1950-1962)

  • Role: Left Arm Spin
  • Claim to Fame: Spin twins with Ramadhin. Played a major part in the series victory against England as well as the Tied Test vs Australia in 1961.
  • Record: 139 Test & 475 FC wickets
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27. Sonny Ramadhin (Trinidad & Tobago, 1950-1961)

  • Role: Right arm off spin
  • Claim to Fame: One of the great off spinners of the 1950s, formed a partnership with Alf Valentine. Regarded for his role in the overseas Test victory against England. Ramadhin was the first player from Indian origin to represent the Windies.
  • Record: 158 Test & 758 FC wickets
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26. Kieron Pollard (Trinidad & Tobago, 2007-2022)

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Claim to Fame: Found in the Champions League 2009, Pollard has become popular for his hard-hitting batting, ruthless finishing, and winning franchise trophies. Not many people have influenced the evolution of a format as Pollard has.
  • Records: 2012 T20 World Cup Winner, Mumbai Indians legend, 4th Most T20I runs for WI, and 2nd most T20I wins as captain.
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25. Richie Richardson (Leeward Islands, 1983-1996)

  • Role: Right Hand Bat
  • Claim To Fame: 9 Tons against Australia, 619 runs in 4-Test series vs India
  • Record: 5949 Test Runs, 6248 ODI, and 14618 FC Runs. 21 International Centuries
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24. Rohan Kanhai (British Guiana/Guyana, 1957-1975)

  • Role: Top-Order Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Widely celebrated for his inventive batting style and significant role in the 1975 World Cup squad. His ability to handle pressure and adapt his game to different conditions and situations elevated him to the status of one of the greatest West Indian cricketers of all time. There is a reason Sunil Gavaskar named his son Rohan.
  • Record: 6227 Test runs, 29250 FC runs, 86 FC centuries

*also played one year for Trinidad & Tobago

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23. Carl Hooper (Guyana, 1987-2003)

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Claim to Fame: Popular for his all-round performances in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Records: 2nd Most Catches in ODI Cricket, 4th Highest wicket-taker for WI in ODI, 10000+ runs in international cricket, 23,034 FC runs with 69 centuries
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22. Alvin Kallicharran (Guyana, 1972-1981)

  • Role: Middle-Order Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Renowned for his elegant batting style and crucial contributions during the 1975 and 1979 World Cups.
  • Record: 4399 Test & 32560 FC runs. 87 FC centuries, double century (206) in List A cricket.
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21. Sir Clyde Walcott (Barbados/British Guiana, 1948-1960)

  • Role: Top-Order Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Widely recognized for his record-breaking batting performances in the 1950s. One of the 3 Ws in the 1950s.
  • Record: 3798 Test & 11820 FC runs, 40 FC centuries. Averaged over 56 in both Test & FC cricket.
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20. Sir Everton Weekes (Barbados, 1948-1958)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Celebrated for his outstanding batting skills and record-breaking feats during the 1940s.
  • Record: 4455 Test & 12010 FC runs, 36 FC centuries. Averaged 58.61 in Tests & 55.34 in FC cricket.
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19. Wes Hall (Barbados, 1958-1969)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Recognized for his destructive fast bowling and forming one of the most feared bowling duos with Charlie Griffith.
  • Record: 192 Test & 546 FC wickets

*Also played for Trinidad 1966-1970

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18. Andy Roberts (Leeward Islands, 1974-1983)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Celebrated for his blistering pace and pinpoint accuracy in the 1970s.
  • Record: 202 Test & 889 FC wickets
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17. Michael Holding (Jamaica, 1975-1987)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Nicknamed the ‘whispering death,’ Holding was admired for his smooth action and exceptional control with the ball. Now known for his strong takes in the commentary box.
  • Record: 249 Test wickets, 142 ODI, and 778 FC wickets
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16. Joel Garner (Barbados, 1977-1987)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Famed for his intimidating fast bowling and remarkable accuracy. One of the recognizable pillars of the famed bowling attack.
  • Records: Best career ODI economy rate (3.09), 259 Test wickets at an average of 20.97. Also took 146 ODI & 881 FC wickets
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15. Lance Gibbs (British Guiana, 1958-1976)

  • Role: Off Spin Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Admired for his spin bowling and shrewd field settings in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Records: First spinner to 300 Test wickets, bowled 78,430 FC balls & 27,115 Test balls. Best of 8/38 in an innings.
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14. Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad & Tobago, 2004-2021)

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Claim to Fame: Celebrated for his aggressive batting and his ability to bowl at any stage of the game.
  • Records: Most Wickets for WI in T20Is, Most Wickets in T20s of all-time (615), 3rd most in ODI cricket, Most franchise tournament wins in history (constant competition with Pollard)
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13. Sir Gordon Greenidge (Barbados, 1974-1991)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Recognized for his powerful batting and ability to score freely in both Test and One Day cricket.
  • Records: 37,354 FC runs, 30 international centuries, and 92 FC tons.
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12. Desmond Haynes (Barbados, 1978-1994)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Admired for his consistent batting performances in the 1980s and 1990s. A giant in first class cricket as well.
  • Records: Pioneer in ODI batting, had most tons (17) till Sachin Tendulkar overtook him. More than 16,000 international runs, 26,000 FC runs, and 15,000 List A runs.
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11. Sir Curtly Ambrose (Leeward Islands, 1988-2000)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Distinguished for his fast, accurate bowling and significant contributions in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Records: 941 FC wickets, 405 Test wickets, and bowled some of the best spells.

*Also played for Antigua and Barbuda

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10. Sir Clive Lloyd (British Guiana, 1966-1985)

  • Role: Left Hand Batter/Captain
  • Claim to Fame: Known for his leadership of the West Indies team during the 1970s and 1980s, leading them to two World Cup titles.
  • Records: 31232 FC, 10915 List A, 7515 Test runs. Two-time WC winning captain.
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9. Chris Gayle (Jamaica, 1999-2021)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Celebrated for his aggressive batting and record-breaking performances in T20 cricket. Had a couple of double hundreds in Test matches as well. Pioneer in T20 batting. Was West Indies’ Top 2 scorers in their winning campaigns of 2004 Champions Trophy as well as their 2012 & 2016 T20 World Cup campaigns
  • Records: Most Catches for WI in ODI Cricket, Most ODI & T20I Runs for West Indies, Most T20 Runs (14562), Most T20 Hundreds (22), Most T20 Sixes (1056)
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8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana, 1994-2015)

  • Role: Top-Order Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Amusing batting stances, marks below the eyes, but most importantly, remarkable batting performances in Test cricket. The Wall of West Indian cricket.
  • Records: Most Tests for West Indies (164), 2nd Highest Test Runs (11867), 3rd Highest ODI Runs (8778)
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7. George Headley (Jamaica, 1930-1954)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Admired for his batting prowess and stylish strokeplay during the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Records: 103 FC/22 Tests, 9921 Runs/2190 Runs, 69.86/60.83 Average, best of 344*, 33/44 – 100s/50s
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6. Malcolm Marshall (Barbados, 1978-1992)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Famed for his express pace and lethal bounce, making him one of the most feared bowlers in the 1980s.
  • Records: 376 Test wickets, 157 ODI wickets, 1651 FC wickets, 46.7 Test Strike Rate
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5. Courtney Walsh (Jamaica, 1984-2001)

  • Role: Fast Bowler
  • Claim to Fame: Noted for his remarkable accuracy and ability to extract the most out of even the most lifeless pitches.
  • Records: Most Test & ODI Wickets for WI, 1807 FC Wickets, 2nd most Test matches for West Indies (132), 519 Test wickets, 5/1 (best ODI analysis)
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4. Brian Lara (Trinidad & Tobago, 1990-2016)

  • Role: Middle Order Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Renowned for his record-breaking batting feats and stylish stroke play. It is no joke that he scored the highest and third highest score in Tests. One of the remaining cogs of a declining Test side.
  • Records: 11953 Test Runs, 10405 in ODI, 22156 FC, and 14602 in Lisa A cricket. Highest Test Score (400), Most Catches in Test Cricket/3rd Most Catches in ODI Cricket
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3. Sir Frank Worrell (Barbados/Jamaica, 1948-1963)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Noted for his leadership of the West Indies team in the 1960s and setting up a legacy of success. Sir Frank Worrell was the first black captain to represent the West Indies and also captained the national team in that famed 1961 Test series, which featured the first Tied test.
  • Record: 3860 Test runs, 15025 FC runs, 39 FC centuries.
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2. Sir Vivian Richards (Leeward Islands, 1974-1991)

  • Role: Opening Batsman
  • Claim to Fame: Celebrated for his powerful batting and remarkable consistency in the 1970s and 1980s. Possibly the greatest batsman the world has ever seen, and definitely, the most charismatic.
  • Record: 36212 FC runs, 8540 Tests runs, & 6721 ODI runs. 114 First Class hundreds to go with his 35 international centuries and 26 List A tons. Averages 50.23 in Tests & 47.00 in ODIs
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1. Sir Garfield Sobers (Barbados, 1954-1974)

  • Role: All-Rounder
  • Claim to Fame: Admired for his incredible all-round performances and ability to turn a game on its head. One of the two greatest all-rounders in cricket history.
  • Record: 28,314 FC runs & 1,043 FC wickets. 86 FC tons, 26 Test centuries, best of 365* and 6/73 (Test) & 9/49 (FC). Also hit six sixes.
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World Cup Winning West Indies Team & Players

One of West Indies cricket’s greatest strengths has been performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup and Champions Trophy tournaments. Here are the complete squads and stats.

West Indies 1975 World Cup Squad

  • Clive Lloyd (C), Keith Boyce, Roy Fredericks, Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge, Vanburn Holder, Bernard Julien, Alvin Kallicharran, Rohan Kanhai, Deryck Murray (WK), Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Maurice Foster, Lawrence Rowe
  • Most Wickets: Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce
  • Most Runs: Alvin Kallicharan, Clive Lloyd

1979 World Cup Squad

  • Clive Lloyd (C), Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Alvin Kallicharran, Collis King, Deryck Murray (WK), Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Larry Gomes, Faoud Bacchus, Malcolm Marshall
  • Most Wickets: Mihcael Holding, Andy Roberts
  • Most Runs: Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge

1983 World Cup Squad (Runner Up)

  • Clive Lloyd (C), Faoud Bacchus, Wayne Daniel, Winston Davis, Jeff Dujon (WK), Joel Garner, Larry Gomes, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Gus Logie, Malcolm Marshall, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts
  • Most Wickets:
  • Most Runs: Viv Richards, Larry Gomes, Gordon Greenidge

2004 Champions Trophy

  • Brian Lara (C), Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Courtney Browne (WK), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Corey Collymore, Mervyn Dillon, Chris Gayle, Ryan Hinds, Wavell Hinds, Sylvester Joseph, Ricardo Powell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Daren Sammy
  • Most Wickets: Chris Gayle, Ian Bradshaw, Mervyn Dillon
  • Most Runs: Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul

2012 T20 World Cup Squad

  • Daren Sammy (C), Dwayne Bravo (VC), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
  • Most Wickets: Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul
  • Most Runs: Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle

2016 T20 World Cup Squad

  • Daren Sammy (C), Jason Holder (VC), Chris Gayle, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles (WK), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons (WK), Jerome Taylor (Dwayne Bravo, Fletcher, Narine, Pollard – withdrawn)
  • Most Wickets: Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo
  • Most Runs: Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle

Greatest West Indies Cricketers of All Time – The Stats

Most of the players who have dominated the statistics below feature in our list of the greatest West Indies Cricketers of All Time.

Which West Indian cricketers played 100 Tests?

  • Chanderpaul (164), Walsh (132), Lara (130), Richads (121), Haynes (116), Lloyd (110), Greenidge (108), Gayle (103), Hooper (102)

Top 10 Most Runs for West Indies

Most Test Runs for WIMost ODI Runs for WIMost T20I Runs for WI
Brian Lara – 11912Chris Gayle – 10425Chris Gayle – 1899
Shivnarine Chanderpaul – 11867Brian Lara – 10348Nicholas Pooran – 1662
Viv Richards – 8540Shivnarine Chanderpaul – 8778 Marlon Samuels – 1611
Garfield Sobers – 8032Desmond Haynes – 8648Kieron Pollard – 1569
Gordon Greenidge – 7558Viv Richards – 6721 Lendl Simmons – 1527
Clive Lloyd – 7515Richie Richardson – 6248Evin Lewis – 1465
Desmond Haynes – 7487Ramnaresh Sarwan – 5804 Dwayne Bravo – 1255
Chris Gayle – 7214Carl Hooper – 5761Rovman Powell – 1082
Rohan Kanhai – 6227 Marlon Samuels – 5606 Johnson Charles – 988
Richie Richardson – 5949Gordon Greenidge – 5134Brandon King – 977

Top 10 Most Wickets for West Indies

Most Test Wickets for WIMost ODI Wickets for WIMost T20I Wickets for WI
Courtney Walsh – 519Courtney Walsh – 227Dwayne Bravo – 78
Curtly Ambrose – 405Curtly Ambrose – 225Jason Holder – 57
Malcolm Marshall – 376 Dwayne Bravo – 199Samuel Badree – 54
Lance Gibbs – 309Carl Hooper – 193Sunil Narine – 52
Kemar Roach – 265Chris Gayle – 167Sheldon Cottrell – 52
Joel Garner – 259Jason Holder – 159Darren Sammy – 44
Michael Holding – 249Malcolm Marshall – 157Kieron Pollard – 42
Garfield Sobers – 235Joel Garner – 146Kesrick Williams – 41
Andy Roberts – 202 Michael Holding – 142Obed McCoy – 41
Wes Hall – 192Mervyn Dillon – 130Andre Russell – 39

Top 5 Most Matches as Captain for West Indies

Most Test matches as WI captainMost ODI matches as WI captainMost T20I matches as WI captain
Clive Lloyd (36 wins/74)Brian Lara (59/125)Darren Sammy (27/47)
Viv Richards (27/50)Viv Richards (67/105)Kieron Pollard (13/39)
Brian Lara (10/47)Richie Richardson (46/87)Carlos Brathwaite (11/30)
Garfield Sobers (9/39)Jason Holder (24/86)Nicholas Pooran (8/23)
Jason Holder (11/37)Clie Lloyd (64/84)Chris Gayle (6/17)

Top 5 Most Dismissals for West Indies

Most Test dismissals for WI Most ODI dismissals for WIMost T20I dismissals for WI
Jeffrey Dujon – 270Jefrey Dujon – 204Denesh Ramdin – 63
Ridley Jacobs – 219Ridley Jacobs – 189Nicholas Pooran – 39
Denesh Ramdin – 217Denesh Ramdin – 188Devon Thomas – 14
Deryck Murray – 189Shai Hope – 134Chadwick Walton – 12
Junior Murray – 102Courntney Browne – 68Andre Fletcher – 11

*Note: Richie Richardson won 11/24 Test as 45.83%.

Top 5 Most Catches for West Indies

Most Test catches for WIMost ODI catches for WIMost T20I catches for WI
Brian Lara – 164Chris Gayle – 123Dwayne Bravo– 44
Viv Richards – 122Carl Hooper – 120Kieron Pollard – 42
Carl Hooper – 115Brian Lara – 117Lendl Simmons – 34
Garfield Sobers – 109Viv Richards – 100Daren Sammy – 30
Chris Gayle – 96Richie Richardson – 75Rovman Powell – 26

Final Thoughts

The West Indies cricket team has been graced by numerous players who have left an indelible mark on the sport.

These players, hailing from various regions of the Caribbean, have showcased skillsets and abilities that have often been unparalleled. From powerful batsmen who could change the course of a game with their prowess to bowlers whose deliveries instilled fear in the hearts of their opponents, these individuals have truly shaped cricket in the West Indies.

Their contributions to the sport are not only celebrated in their home countries, but also recognized and revered globally. They serve as a testament to the rich and vibrant cricketing history of the West Indies, and their legacies continue to inspire the next generation of cricketers.

Which West Indies cricketer is your favorite? Do you agree with this list of the greatest West Indies Cricketers of all time?

Comment below!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Greatest West Indies Cricketers of All Time

Q1: Who is considered the best all-rounder in West Indies cricket history?

A: Sir Garfield Sobers is widely regarded as the best all-rounder in the history of West Indies cricket. His exceptional performances with both the bat and ball have earned him this distinction.

Q2: Who held the record for the highest individual score in Test cricket from the West Indies?

A: Brian Lara holds the record for the highest individual score in Tests from the West Indies, with his unbeaten 400 runs against England in 2004.

Q3: Are there notable cricket players from each region of the Caribbean?

A: Yes, each region of the Caribbean has produced notable cricket players. For instance, Brian Lara hails from Trinidad, Sir Garfield Sobers from Barbados, and Chris Gayle from Jamaica.

Q4: Which West Indies captain led the team to two World Cup victories?

A: Sir Clive Lloyd was the captain of the West Indies team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1975 and 1979.

Sources: West Indies all-time XI: The XI | ESPNcricinfo

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Here are some of the jaw dropping moments in recent cricketing history captured by iconic commentators.

1. Mohd Shamir Ansari (@ShamirMohd)

My Fav. #BestCommentary will be Ravi Shastri commentating on Yuvraj Singh Six sixes in an over to Stuart Broad in first T20 World Cup. And best #IPLT20 will be First time I saw sunny sir doing Hindi Commentary that was really an awesome moment for me

Yes Really It was very nice especially I was watching this match Live… So still remember those exciting sixes and commentary by Ravi Shastri.

What a great day for cricket. One just imagines what would have happened had Flintoff kept his cool to Yuvi that day?

2. Jonny (@Leathernwillow)

IPL comms just wash over me a bit. Sunny Gavaskar is the master of the box as much as he was at the crease, especially when he’s annoyed. KP’s ‘Pingo Pongo’ moments are fun. Best ever is Fazeer Mohammed “Why did he do that?!” to Gabriel’s brainfade against Yasir #BestCommentary

Try #RCBvSRH on 21 September as I checked and mentioned it that day. Also you’ve got to have Richie Benaud from Botham Headingley 1981 – “It went in to the confectionery stall and out again…”

3. Pratyush (@ps26_11)

For me, #BestCommentary All-Time – by Ravi Shastri Sir on India WC 2011 wining moment (Dhoni’s 6) ~ ” Dhoni finishes off in style..A magnificent strike into the crowd…India wins after 28 years…& it’s the Indian capt who’s been absolutely magnificent in the night of the final

Also Read: MS Dhoni and SK Raina Retire: An End of an Era

The Ian Bishop

Ian Bishop recently celebrated his 53rd birthday at the IPL. With Harsha Bhogle, Mark Nicholas, and JP Duminy, the banter among the group was hilarious!

He has had so many iconic moments in recent times, that he deserves a category by himself.

1. JustCricket (@justcricketblog)

My fav in #IPL2020 Bish, Danny M, Mark Nicholas, Sanga . All time Nasser H. Favorite moment :normally love all the 3rd man and Masterclass segments(Nasser and Murali) in sky sports. But generally I think it’s Bishop calling brathwaite and Ravi S in natwest series #bestcommentary

2. Rahul Kumar (@rahulk_1019)

Mine from ipl is AB v steyn(SRH one) 2014.. Simon doull & ramiz raja in comm… All time fav.. Bit biased, will select two: 1) Ravi shastri calling Dhoni’s six, wc 2011 final 2) Bish in manchester 2019 wc “Surely the hopes have been ignited enough for them to be extinguished!”

“Can he? Can he really?” “The dream has diminished for CB, here in manchesterrr..”

Watching late at night.. Was preparing for the exams..but couldn’t take my eyes off.. Even after the fall of 7th wkt.. For some reason didn’t switch it off… Treated with a phenomenal & memorable game.. The heart sank but was a special knock from brathwaitte..

Wow what a memory! The detail is impeccable. What would have happened had Boult dropped the catch?

Which Bish phrase is your favorite? Remember the Name“, ” The Dream is Alive”, or “The Dream is Diminished”?

The Heartbreak feat Ian Smith

1. My Favorite Commentary Highlight (@cricket_broken)
  1. Best #IPL2020 moment – Sanga-Mahela banter
  2. All-Time – “Grant Elliot – Superman! by Ian Smith

Joy for New Zealand, heartbreak for South Africa.

4 years later, heartbreak for New Zealand, joy for England. How the tables turn.

2. Arnob (@Arnobchitchats)

#BestCommentary for me is certainly by Ian Smith from CWC 2019 Final written below:-

“This is the moment – it’s Archer to Guptill. Two to win. Guptill’s got to push for two, they’ve gotta go! The throw’s gotta go to the keeper’s end. He’s got it! England have won the World Cup – by the barest of margins. By the barest of all margins.”#BestCommentary Chilling!

Want more New Zealand? Here is Starc’s 6-28 in that breathtaking finish.

The Critical

Not all commentary is hilarious or heartbreaking. Some commentary moments deal with serious cricketing issues.

  1. Vandit – West Indies T20 League Exodus

2011 Pakistan Vs West Indies ODI. The highlight was Michael Holding exclaiming, “I was told he played in the IPL this morning. I almost fell over. A feather duster could have knocked me over”

2. Here is another serious commentary by Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain on Muhammad Amir’s comeback following the Spot Fixing ban. Do watch the full interview here.

The Best Commentary Highlights

1. Sparsh Telang (@_cricketsparsh)

#BestCommentary Harsha Bhogle: “Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts. We are ready for the take-off.” This was when AB started his innings with a bang in one IPL match.

Did not find the exact Harsha video but here is Harsha Bhogle at his very best.

2. Tony Greig – Sharjah Sachin Tendulkar

3. YouTube – Best Commentary
4. Richie Benaud – BBC Tribute

Here is the BBC Tribute to Richie Benaud’s marvelous career, both as a player and a commentator. Here are some of his other Benaud’s other best moments.

5. My Personal Favorite – That. Is. Very. Good.

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