Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Ricky Skerrit paid tribute to Sonny Ramadhin, describing the legendary spinner as a “great pioneer” of West Indies cricket.
Ramadhin, a former Trinidadian, who lived in London, died at the age of 92 last week.
Skerrit said Ramadhin was an outstanding match-winner and formed a famous partnership with left-arm spinner Alf Valentine throughout their careers. They were a critical part of the team which led West Indies to a famous 3-1 win against England in 1950.
Ramadhin had the remarkable match figures of 11 wickets for 152 runs in the historic win at Lords — West Indies first Test match win in England.
The CWI president said Ramadin made an impact from the moment he first stepped into the field of World Cricket.
Born in South Trinidad, Ramadhin played 43 Tests between 1950 and 1961, taking 158 wickets at an impressive average of 28.98.
He was the first cricketer of East Indian descent to play for the West Indies when picked as a 20-year-old after only two first class matches.
After his exploits in England on his first overseas tour he was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 1951, the most prestigious award a cricketer could earn at that time. He played for several English clubs in England.