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Famous fast bowler of West Indian cricket team: Joel Garner

by on November 10, 2012
in Profiles, West Indies

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Joel Garner or Big Joel as we more commonly recognize him as is an ex-cricketer of the West Indian team. He is in fact one of the most highly regarded member of the of late 1970s and early 1980s West Indian team. Garner is particularly recognized for his fast bowling style which had an ever better impact with his height of 6ft 8in which is why he is regarded as one of the tallest bowlers to have played Test cricket.

When it comes to Test cricket, Gardner played a total of 58 Tests from 1977-1987 and won 259 wickets at an average slightly above 20 and at economy rate of 2.47. This ranked him as one of the most influential bowlers of all time. In the limited overs cricket, this giant of a player got his overwhelming presence on the field in effect which resulted in completion of 98 matches wherein he accomplished 146 wickets! Garner is in fact one of the only two players in the history of cricket who bagged more than 100 One Day International wickets averaging fewer than 20. The best performance of Garner was conducted in the World Cup final in 1979 against England when he had a 5 for 39. In test cricket, Joel Garner claimed seven 5 wickets hauls and 18 four wickets hauls in various innings. One day international matches played by Joel Garner include 2 four wickets hauls and 3 five wickets hauls. 

Garner was a good bowler but he didn’t average that well in both cricket formats. Considering how the West Indian cricket team had talent, Garner was little less of what could be expected from general West Indian cricket players. However he worked hard and with his hight, he was able to play some really great bowling innings for his team.

Joel Garner was appointed as the interim management of the West Indian team for the Sri Lankan tour in October 2010.

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