Ramnaresh Sarwan

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Ramnaresh Sarwan
Personal information
Full name Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan
Born (1980-06-23) 23 June 1980 (age 36)
Wakenaam Island, Guyana
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234) 18 May 2000 v Pakistan
Last Test 28 June 2011 v India
ODI debut (cap 101) 20 July 2000 v England
Last ODI 11 june 2013 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–2014 Guyana
2005 Gloucestershire
2012–2014 Leicestershire (squad no. 53)
2013–2014 Guyana Amazon Warriors
2016- Trinbago Knight Riders (squad no. 53)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 87 181 215 262
Runs scored 5,842 5,804 13,221 8,337
Batting average 40.01 42.67 39.11 40.27
100s/50s 15/31 5/38 33/70 11/48
Top score 291 120* 291 120*
Balls bowled 2,022 581 4,368 1,130
Wickets 23 16 56 35
Bowling average 50.56 36.62 41.98 28.60
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/37 3/31 6/62 5/10
Catches/stumpings 53/– 45/– 152/– 68/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 28 September 2013

Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan (born 23 June 1980) is a West Indian former cricketer of Indo-Guyanese origin and a former member and captain of the West Indies cricket team. He was named as the Captain for the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the 2013 inaugural tournament of the Caribbean Premier League.[1] He played his last international match as an ODI against India at The Oval on 11 June 2013. He announced his retirement from international cricket in September 2016.[2]


He has been a member of the West Indies cricket team since his Test debut against Pakistan at Barbados in May 2000 – a match in which he was unbeaten in both innings including a first innings score of 84 not out. He missed scoring his maiden Test century against South Africa in March 2001 when he was run out for 91. His score of 78 in the second Test against India at Chennai in October 2002 was his fourth innings of 75+ that was not converted into a century. His maiden Test century came in his next Test series against Bangladesh at Dhaka. His next Test century came against Australia at St. John's in May 2003. His best innings (291) came against England in February/March 2009. Sarwan is also a part-time leg-break bowler with best bowling figures of 4 for 37.

During the most recent controversy involving the bowling action of Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan, which led to an International Cricket Council investigation of most of the world's international-class bowlers, Sarwan was found to be the only bowler tested who did not transgress the Laws of Cricket regarding the straightening of the arm during delivery.

On 23 June 2006 (his 26th birthday) while playing against India Sarwan hit 6 fours in an over off Munaf Patel and emulated Sandeep Patil (off Bob Willis, seven balls), Sanath Jayasuriya (off James Anderson, six balls) and Chris Gayle (off Matthew Hoggard, six balls) playing at Warner Park Sporting Complex.

Sarwan was dropped from the side for the second Test against Pakistan in November 2006. It was the first time in his six-year career that he had missed a game due to poor form. According to captain Brian Lara "It wasn't designed as a drop. We just wanted to make him aware of the situation and come back stronger. We need him and we need him to take control."

On 29 April 2007 it was announced that Sarwan was to succeed the retiring Brian Lara as captain of the West Indies following the West Indies' exit from the 2007 Cricket World Cup.[3]

During the second Test in the West Indies tour of England in May 2007, Sarwan injured his shoulder when he collided with the boundary fence while attempting to cut off a boundary. The injury was serious enough to rule him out of the remainder of the tour and for a further ten months. Sarwan returned to the West Indies side in 2008 for the home series against Sri Lanka, as vice-captain to the current captain, Chris Gayle. Throughout the series Sarwan showed excellent form with the bat, looking very fluent and scoring over 50 in four consecutive innings, including a match-winning century, at an average of 77.75.

In the 2008 Test series against Australia, Sarwan continued his fine batting form by following up with a half century and a matching saving 128 in the 2nd Test in North Sound, Antigua. At the age 28 years, 228 days he became the youngest West Indian to reach the 5000 runs milestone when he scored a century against England in Jamaica. In the 2009 home series against England, in scoring his 13th Test match century Sarwan equalled the record for the most centuries in the fourth innings – a record he shares with Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky Ponting,[4] In the first innings of the fourth test he recorded his personal best of 291 which equalled the highest score for the West Indies of the great Sir Vivian Richards.

Sarwan's name is a common Hindu name shared by many of his countrymen who have roots in India. For much of his career he wore a bandanna under his helmet whilst batting, but has now dropped the practice due to a change in the design of helmet. He shares the habit of his fellow Countrymen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine of marking his guard with a bail.

Sarwan did however lose his central contract due to poor fitness and indifferent form. West Indies coach Ottis Gibson stated that leaving Sarwan out was a tough decision but he will make many contributions to the West Indies in the future and that he needs time to regain his form. Therefore, he wasn't selected for the tour of Sri Lanka along with regular wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin[5] Having fallen out of international favour, he signed for English county Leicestershire for the 2012 English season.[6]

Player statistics[edit]

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Sarwan's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Test Centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Ramnaresh Sarwan.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.
Test Centuries of Ramnaresh Sarwan[7]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 119 28  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 2002 Won
2 105 32  Australia St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2003 Won
3 114 38  South Africa Durban, South Africa Kingsmead 2003 Lost
4 119 40  South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2004 Lost
5 261* 46  Bangladesh Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2004 Won
6 139 48  England Birmingham, England Edgbaston 2004 Lost
7 107* 51  South Africa Port of Spain, Trinidad Queen's Park Oval 2005 Lost
8 127 53  South Africa St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2005 Drawn
9 116 62  India Basseterre, St Kitts Warner Park 2006 Drawn
10 102 69  Sri Lanka Port of Spain, Trinidad Queen's Park Oval 2008 Won
11 128 71  Australia North Sound, Antigua Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 2008 Drawn
12 107 75  England Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2009 Won
13 106 77  England St. John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2009 Drawn
14 291 78  England Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 2009 Drawn
15 100 81  England Chester-le-Street, England Riverside Ground 2009 Lost

One Day International Centuries[edit]

One Day International Centuries of Ramnaresh Sarwan[8]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 102* 28  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 2002 Won
2 104* 59  England Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 2004 Lost
3 115* 100  India Basseterre, St Kitts Warner Park 2006 Won
4 100* 153  Ireland Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2010 Won
5 120* 178  Zimbabwe St. George's, Grenada National Cricket Stadium 2013 Won

Career Best Performances[edit]

as of 23 June 2013

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
Tests 291 West Indies v England Bridgetown 2009 4–37 West Indies v Bangladesh Gros Islet 2004
ODI 120* West Indies v Zimbabwe Grenada 2013 3–31 West Indies v New Zealand Lord's 2004
T20I 59 West Indies v England Port of Spain 2009 2–10 West Indies v Bangladesh Johannesburg 2007
FC 291 West Indies v England Bridgetown 2009 6–62 Guyana v Leeward Islands St. John's 2001
LA 120* West Indies v Zimbabwe Grenada 2013 5–10 Guyana v Bermuda Essequibo 1998
T20 70 Guyana v Southern Redbacks Johannesburg 2010 2–10 West Indies v Bangladesh Johannesburg 2007


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