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Popular batsman of West Indian cricket team: Desmond Leo Haynes

by on November 10, 2012
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Popular batsman of West Indian cricket team: Desmond Leo Haynes

Popular cricketer Desmond Haynes is known as a former yet renowned cricketer and coach of the West Indian cricket team. It was in 1991 when he was bequeathed with the honor of Wisden Cricketer of the Year. At present, he is appointed as the Director of the Board of West Indies cricket team.

During the 1980s, Haynes was vastly identified for his threatening partnership with Greenidge in Test cricket wherein they together hit 16 century stands of which four exceeded a score of 200. In fact, together they made a total of 6,482 runs, the highest score for any batting partnership particularly in the history of Test cricket. Haynes always had a strong bent of interest towards batting, this being quite evident from the 7,487 runs he acquired in 116 Test matches averaging on 42.29. This was Haynes highest Test innings against England hitting 184 from 395 balls in 1984. He played for the 1979 World Cup in which West Indies emerged as the final victorious team. After this, he appeared in the following tournaments of 1983, 1987 and 1992. In a total of 25 matches he played for World Cup, Haynes recorded a score of 854 runs at 37.13 including one century and three 50s. Haynes has played 238 one day international matches where he scored 8648 runs at an average of 41.37 including 17 centuries and 57 fifties. His highest one day international score is 152. In test cricket, he scored 18 centuries and 39 fifties with 184 being his highest test score. 

The most prominent feature of this player was that Haynes always had a smile on his face with underlying threatening batting skills. He enjoyed his game and played tremendous partnerships with Gordon Greenidge. Hayne played belligerent strokes just like Greenidge.

Post-retirement in 1997, Haynes was appointed as the Chairman of Selectors of the Barbados Cricket Association, Secretary of the West Indies Player Association, President of Carlton Cricket Club and is now the Director of West Indies Cricket Board. 

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