One of the best bowlers of West Indian cricket team: Ian Raphael Bishop
Famous West Indian player Ian Bishop, a former cricketer, is a face that represented the West Indian cricket team from 1989 to 1998. He was a dynamic fast bowler whose expertise rested with the out swing style. Being a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast bowler, Bishop acquired a record of 100 Test wickets with only 21 Test matches. He was never able to emerge as a strong cricketer player due to serious yet occasional injuries.
It was first in 1991 when he disappeared from the stage due to ruthless back injuries but once recovered strongly, he adjusted himself back to his bowling style and returned back to cricket in 1992 to exhibit his potency by playing against Perth. One year later, he again got struck with serious injuries and thereby had to withdraw again until the mid of 1995. Bishop played his last test in March 1998 against England after which he was not able to give a boost to his once-what-was-a promising career. He took 161 wickets at an economy rate of 2.78 and 118 wickets in One Day International cricket at 4.33 economy rate.
In his one day international career, Ian Bishop has claimed four wickets haul seven times whereas 2 five wickets hauls. In test cricket, Ian Bishop claimed 6 four wickets hauls and 6 five wickets hauls respectively. Bishop was an exceptionally talented right arm fast bowler who knew when to show his deadly attack and help his team win the matches. However his aggressive bowling style made him vulnerable to many injuries during his career. Like any fast bowler, Ian Bishop struggled too but continued to play but finally had to retire. He is a very charming and fun commentator now.
The England tests and the ODI series between the WI and Indian cricket team, Bishop appeared as a commentator for Cricket on Five reflecting on the highlights of the tournament. Today, he goes round the world as a cricket commentator.