Guyana All Time XI

Guyana is unique in the Caribbean fraternity in the sense that it is the only nation in the West Indies that is not an island. It is also one of two countries with a high concentration of players that are of Indian descent.

1. Roy Fredericks

Roy Fredericks vs Lillee/Thommo at the WACA. Do I have to say more?

2. Rohan Kanhai

The man after whom India’s greatest test batsman named his son. He was so good that even Bob Marley named his son after him. A mix of subcontinental elegance with Caribbean flair.

3. Alvin Kallicharan

Pocket dynamo (5’4″) who famously flayed Dennis Lillee in the inaugural world cup. Comfortable against pace/spin/swing/seam. One of the few batsmen whose reputation was unscathed in the 5-1 mauling West Indies received at the hands of Lillee & Thommo.

4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Possibly the least talented batsman of this batting lineup but the most gritty. He could just bat and bat and bat. Other aggressive attacking batsmen of this side can play with utmost freedom in the assumption that Shiv will always be there at the other end.

5. Carl Hooper

Carl Hooper is a baffling man. He has the ability to take the best of the bowlers to the cleaners but just he looks to take the 30 into a 100 he’ll get out to a trundler. In full flow he’s a sight to behold and I am betting on him to find his best form.

6. Basil Butcher

A reliable middle order batsman who brings another pillar of stability in addition to Chanderpaul.

7. Clive Lloyd (captain)

Supercat! A tall athletic specimen of the highest quality. His exceptionally long reach & heavy bat smothered spinners and his immense height (6’4″) meant bounce never disconcerted him. With the pace bowling stock of Guyana so thin he’ll also bowl his gentle swing with the new ball. The greatest West Indies captain after Frank Worrell.

8. Robert Christiani (wicketkeeper)

Shared wicketkeeping duties with Walcott. By all accounts a nimble keeper. His test record was modest but had a high first class average but gets in due to his competence at his day job: behind the stumps.

9. Roger Harper

The man with possibly the only stumped & bowled dismissal in cricket history. Another spinner who depended on guile rather than turn. His 6’5″ frame could exact steep bounce too.

10. Lance Gibbs

Only the 2nd man to break the (then) mythical 300 wicket barrier. A spinner who depended on variations in flight, pace & bounce rather than turn to pick up his wickets. A fine fielder too.

11. Colin Croft

The meanest West Indies bowler of all time along with Sylvester Clarke. A man who was described as “would bounce his grandmother if he thought there was a wicket in it”. In only his 2nd test he hustled a strong Pakistani batting lineup (Majid Khan, Sadiq & Mushtaq Muhammad, Wasim Raja & Asif Iqbal) with figures of 8/29 still the best ever figures by a West Indian quick.

Possibly the 2nd most powerful batting line up after Barbados. Bowling is a bit weak on pace but Gibbs & Harper provide exceptional control. Hooper & Lloyd complete the bowling quintet. Top heavy but an with an extremely heavy & durable top.

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