Joel Garner : Cricket

Joel Garner (born: December 16, 1952, Barbados), nicknamed “Big Joel” or “Big Bird” is a former player of the West Indies . He was one of the game’s dominant bowlers in the later 1970s and early 80s. He made his Test (international two-innings, five-day match) debut in 1977 for the West Indies. He is one of the tallest bowlers to ever play Test cricket and appeared in 58 Tests from 1977 to 1987, taking 259 wickets at an average of nearly above 20 making him one of the most effective bowlers of all time. Garner played for Barbados (1975-1987), Somerset (1977-1986) and South Australia (1982-1983).

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Garner averaged just less than 5 wickets per Test throughout his career his career. During the 1979 World Cup Final, he fired in unplayable deliveries relentlessly and took 5 wickets in only 11 overs as England collapsed from 183 runs for 2 out to 194 runs all out.

In 1980, he was selected as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. In 2010, he was named interim manager of the West Indies for the tour of Sri Lanka and became one of the new faces in the team including Darren Sammy.

Why Was He So Good?

Standing 6 feet and 8 inches tall, he was a fast bowler. He was capable of ripping through the other team’s batting line-ups.  He had the ability to unleash a deadly Yorker, as well as the knack to produce more bounce. He was one of the stingiest bowlers in one-day cricket and his Test record was totally extraordinary.

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