One of the greatest West Indian cricket player: Clive Hubert Lloyd
Clive Hubert Lloyd is a former cricket player of the West Indian team which he captained from 1974-1985. Lloyd was quite a dominant and most successful Test captains and won over 27 matches without facing any trounce during the reign of his captaincy inclusive of 11 wins in a row. Lloyd was in fact the 1st ever West Indian player to have earned 100 International Caps.
As an energetic middle-order batsman with a frequent medium-pace bowling style, Lloyd made his first-class debut in 1963-64 which was followed by the Lancashire League in 1967 wherein he played for Haslingden. He also made a debut for Warwickshire in 1968 and won his cap in the next season. Having made his Test debut in 1966 against India, hitting 82 and 78 not out as his feat then included a score of 102 runs to win the match. In 1971, he won the title of Wisden Cricketer of the Year owing to his superb performance over the past twelve months including the time when he hit 1600 runs at 47 for Lancashire.
Lloyd’s first tour as a captain during 1974-75 instigated a lot of improvement in his playing. He made 163 with only 85 balls in Bangalore in the first Test which was then followed by a 242 test-best in the 5th Test innings played in Mumbai. Due to the Packer crisis, Lloyd resigned from the cricket arena yet returned for the 1979 World Cup to lead the team. This was when he made a highly consistent scale of scored with nine successive matches in a low wherein the lowest score was 49. He averaged 76 in the series played against the English team, and made an exceptional 172.50 in domestic cricket. Clive scored 19 centuries and 39 fifties in the test cricket along with 11 fifties in the ODI. With 2.17 economy rate in test cricket and 3.51 economy rate in the One Day International cricket, Lloyd definitely was a legend.
Having worked as a civil servant for the Guyana Health Ministry, Lloyd has always retained his involvement with cricket by coaching and commentating. In 2008, he was also appointed as the Chairman of ICC Cricket Committee.