Biography of West Indies Cricket Legend Sir Garfield Sobers
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Short Biography of Sir Garfield Sobers

by Sahir Usman Dec 04, 2017 • 16:17 PM

Sir Garfield Sobers popularly known as Gary Sobers iis a former West Indian cricketer, regarded as the finest all-rounder ever in the cricketing history. Sobers was a versatile bowler who used to bowl in three different styles - left-arm seam and swing, slow left-arm orthodox, and left-arm wrist spin. Because of his all-round ability, Bradman called Sobers the "five-in-one cricketer".

Gary Sobers was born on 28 July 1936 in Bridgetown, Barbados and was the fifth of six children. At birth he had two extra fingers, one on each hand, which he removed himself during childhood. From an early age, Sobers demonstrated the talent and ability to play with great skill almost any sport involving a ball, particularly cricket, football and basketball. Due to his impressive skill, Sobers became in great demand so much that at an age of 13 he was recruited to play for two cricket teams. 

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Sobers mainly came into the limelight when Inspector Wilfred Farmer gave him a chance to represent Barbados Police cricket team in which he immediately made an impression and gradually made his first class debut in the 1951-52 season taking seven wickets in his very first match.

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