Mervyn Dillon

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Mervyn Dillon
Personal information
Full name Mervyn Dillon
Born (1974-06-05) 5 June 1974 (age 42)
Toco, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut 14 March 1997 v India
Last Test 16 January 2004 v South Africa
ODI debut 3 November 1997 v South Africa
Last ODI 26 January 2005 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–2008 Trinidad and Tobago
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 38 108 91 161
Runs scored 549 227 1,052 459
Batting average 8.44 7.32 8.28 8.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 43 21* 52 41
Balls bowled 8,704 5,480 17,001 7,918
Wickets 131 130 291 188
Bowling average 33.57 32.44 29.20 30.38
5 wickets in innings 2 3 7 3
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/71 5/29 6/40 5/29
Catches/stumpings 16/– 20/– 35/– 35/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 24 October 2010

Mervyn Dillon (born 5 June 1974 in Mission Village, Toco, Trinidad and Tobago), is a West Indian cricketer. He has played 38 in Tests and taken 131 wickets. He has also played 108 One Day Internationals from 1997–2004. At one stage, after the bowling greats Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose retired from international cricket, Dillon was the spearhead of the West Indies bowling attack. Subsequently, Dillon was labelled by Simon Briggs as, "the natural successor to Courtney Walsh", noting that " his action has a hint of [Walsh's] well-oiled efficiency". According to Briggs, "he takes a high percentage of wickets with the ball that angles in then just holds its own".[1] Steve Waugh labelled him "the West Indies' most notable underachiever...when he had his act together, [he] didn't lose much in comparison to his legendary predecessors [Ambrose and Walsh]...such days were a rarity."[2]

He was involved in a remarkable over at Kandy's Asgiriya Stadium on 21 November 2001 in a test against Sri Lanka when he contracted abdominal pains and was replaced by Colin Stuart after two balls of his third over. Stuart was banned from bowling for the remainder of the innings by umpire John Hampshire after delivering two high, fast full-tosses (called as no-balls) in his first three balls. Chris Gayle completed the last three balls of the over with his off-breaks. It was the only instance in Test cricket history, when three bowlers were used in completing one over.[3]

He was one of the most noted bowler during the cable and wireless innings that happened against India.

He has signed on as an overseas player for the Indian Cricket League starting in November 2007.


  1. ^ Briggs, Simon (September 2004). "Mervyn Dillon". Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Waugh, Steve (2005). STEVE WAUGH: Out of my comfort zone – the autobiography. Victoria: Penguin Group (Australia). p. 690. ISBN 0-670-04198-X. 
  3. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.