List of international cricket centuries by Garfield Sobers

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Sobers held the record for the second highest number of centuries in Test cricket at the time of his retirement.[1]

Sir Garfield Sobers (also known as Gary Sobers) is a former international cricketer who represented the West Indies cricket team between 1954 and 1974. He scored centuries (100 or more runs in an innings) on 26 occasions. Widely acknowledged as the "greatest all-rounder",[1][2][3] he was described by Australian cricketer Don Bradman as a "five-in-one cricketer".[N 1] Sobers played 93 Tests, aggregating 8,032 runs at a batting average of 57.78, and claimed 235 wickets as a bowler.[3] He held the record for most runs in a career in Test cricket until 1981.[N 2] Sobers was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1964, and one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000.[6] He entered into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame when the International Cricket Council (ICC) formally inducted him alongside 55 initial inductees in 2009.[7]

Sobers made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1954, and scored his first century against the same team four years later.[8] He became the youngest player to complete a triple century when he made 365 not out in that match.[9] It remained the highest individual score in Test cricket for 36 years until transcended by Brian Lara in 1994.[10] The innings is also the highest maiden century by a batsman in Tests.[11] In the fourth Test of the same series Sobers went on to score centuries in both the innings, ending the series with 824 runs at an average of 137.33.[12] He was most successful against England, scoring 10 centuries.[13] Sobers made scores of 150 or more in a Test match innings on thirteen occasions, and was dismissed five times between scores of 90 and 99.[8][14] As of January 2013, he is fourteenth in the all-time century-makers in Test cricket, and third in the equivalent list for the West Indies.[15]

Sobers made his solitary One Day International (ODI) appearance in a match against England in September 1973;[16] he was dismissed for a duck.[16]

Key[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
* Remained not out
dagger Captained the West Indies cricket team
Pos. Position in the batting order
Inn. The innings of the match
Test The number of the Test match played in that series
H/A/N Venue was at home (West Indies), away or neutral
Date Date the match was held, or the starting date of match for Test matches
Lost The match was lost by West Indies.
Won The match was won by West Indies.
Drawn The match was drawn.
Tied The match was tied.

Test cricket centuries[edit]

List of Test centuries scored by Garfield Sobers
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A/N Date Result
1 365*  Pakistan 3 2 3/5 Sabina Park, Kingston Home 26 February 1958 Won[17]
2 125  Pakistan 2 2 4/5 Bourda, George Town Home 13 March 19581 Won[18]
3 109*  Pakistan 3 4 4/5 Bourda, George Town Home 13 March 19582 Won[18]
4 142*  India 1 3 1/5 Brabourne Stadium, Bombay Away 28 November 1958 Drawn[19]
5 198  India 4 3 2/5 Green Park Stadium, Kanpur Away 12 December 1958 Won[20]
6 106*  India 6 1 3/5 Eden Gardens, Calcutta Away 31 December 1958 Won[21]
7 226  England 4 2 1/5 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Home 6 January 1960 Drawn[22]
8 147  England 4 2 3/5 Sabina Park, Kingston Home 17 February 1960 Drawn[23]
9 145  England 4 2 4/5 Bourda, George Town Home 9 March 1960 Drawn[24]
10 132  Australia 4 1 1/5 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Away 9 December 1960 Tied[25][N 3]
11 168  Australia 4 1 3/5 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Away 13 January 1961 Won[27]
12 153  India 5 2 2/5 Sabina Park, Kingston Home 7 March 1962 Won[28]
13 104  India 5 1 5/5 Sabina Park, Kingston Home 13 April 1962 Won[29]
14 102  England 6 1 4/6 Headingley Stadium, Leeds Away 25 July 1963 Won[30]
15 161 dagger  England 6 3 1/5 Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester Away 2 June 1966 Won[31]
16 163* dagger  England 6 1 2/5 Lord's Cricket Ground, London Away 16 June 1966 Drawn[32]
17 174 dagger  England 6 1 4/5 Headingley Stadium, Leeds Away 4 August 1966 Won[33]
18 113* dagger  England 6 3 2/5 Sabina Park, Kingston Home 8 February 1968 Drawn[34]
19 152 dagger  England 5 1 1/3 Bourda, George Town Home 28 March 1968 Drawn[35]
20 110 dagger  Australia 6 1 4/5 Adelaide Cricket Ground, Adelaide Away 24 January 1969 Drawn[36]
21 113 dagger  Australia 5 4 3/5 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Away 14 February 1969 Lost[37]
22 108* dagger  India 5 3 3/5 Bourda, George Town Home 19 March 1971 Drawn[38]
23 178* dagger  India 5 1 4/5 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Home 1 April 1971 Drawn[39]
24 132 dagger  India 6 2 5/5 Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain Home 13 April 1971 Drawn[40]
25 142 dagger  New Zealand 7 3 3/5 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Home 23 March 1972 Drawn[41]
26 150*  England 6 1 3/3 Lord's Cricket Ground, London Away 23 August 1973 Won[42]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In addition to batting and fielding, Sobers could bowl three different types of deliveries—left-arm seam and swing, slow left-arm orthodox and left-arm wrist spin.[4]
  2. ^ Sobers scored 8,032 runs before retiring in 1974, a feat which stood for nine years before Geoffrey Boycott surpassed his record.[1][5]
  3. ^ As of 2013, this is the first of two occasions where a Test match ended in a tie.[26]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "There it is... for the first time – Lara scales a mountain". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Records / Test matches / Batting records / Most hundreds against one team". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Records / Test matches / Batting records / Most nineties in career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Records / Test matches / Batting records / Most hundreds in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Statistics / Statsguru / GS Sobers / One-Day Internationals / Match by match list". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "3rd Test: West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston, Feb 26 – Mar 4, 1958". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "4th Test: West Indies v Pakistan at Georgetown, Mar 13–19, 1958". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "1st Test: India v West Indies at Mumbai (BS), Nov 28 – Dec 3, 1958". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "2nd Test: India v West Indies at Kanpur, Dec 12–17, 1958". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "3rd Test: India v West Indies at Kolkata, Dec 31, 1958 – Jan 4, 1959". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "1st Test: West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 6–12, 1960". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "3rd Test: West Indies v England at Kingston, Feb 17–23, 1960". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  24. ^ "4th Test: West Indies v England at Georgetown, Mar 9–15, 1960". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "1st Test: Australia v West Indies at Brisbane, Dec 9–14, 1960". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  26. ^ "The second tied Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  27. ^ "3rd Test: Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 13–18, 1961". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  28. ^ "2nd Test: West Indies v India at Kingston, Mar 7–12, 1962". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  29. ^ "5th Test: West Indies v India at Kingston, Apr 13–18, 1962". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  30. ^ "4th Test: England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 25–29, 1963". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  31. ^ "1st Test: England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 2–4, 1966". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "2nd Test: England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 16–21, 1966". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  33. ^ "4th Test: England v West Indies at Leeds, Aug 4–8, 1966". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  34. ^ "2nd Test: West Indies v England at Kingston, Feb 8–14, 1968". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  35. ^ "5th Test: West Indies v England at Georgetown, Mar 28 – Apr 3, 1968". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  36. ^ "4th Test: Australia v West Indies at Adelaide, Jan 24–29, 1969". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  37. ^ "5th Test: Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Feb 14–20, 1969". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  38. ^ "3rd Test: West Indies v India at Georgetown, Mar 19–24, 1971". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  39. ^ "4th Test: West Indies v India at Bridgetown, Apr 1–6, 1971". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  40. ^ "5th Test: West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Apr 13–19, 1971". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  41. ^ "3rd Test: West Indies v New Zealand at Bridgetown, Mar 23–28, 1972". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  42. ^ "3rd Test: England v West Indies at Lord's, Aug 23–27, 1973". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2012.