Alvin Kallicharran

Alvin Kallicharran

3 stars

  • West Indian Batsman Who Played From 1972 To 1981
  • His Laugh Dominates His Surroundings

Alvin Isaac Kallicharran (born on 21 March 1949, in Georgetown, British Guyana) was a West Indian batsman who played from 1972 to1981. His elegant, watchful batting style produced some substantial innings for a West Indian team very much in its formative years in the seventies. He was Wisdens’s Cricketer of The Year for1973.

Though he was a talented batsman like many of his peers, Kallicharran only managed 4473 runs, but at an average of 44.43 in 66 matches, he demonstrated his capability. He was part of the 1979 team that won the Cricket World Cup. His highest innings was a score of 187 against England in the 1974 tour.

A small man, he had poise, balance, orthodoxy, and a full repertoire of strokes off either foot. He was at his best away from soft, seaming pitches, despite his successes with Warwickshire in English County cricket. Probably his finest innings, a superb knock of 158 against England, was shrouded in controversy when he was run out by Tony Greig, towards the end of the first day. He attempted to joinWorld Series Cricket, but failed, and was appointed captain of the West Indies in 1977-1978 when Clive Lloyd resigned over the Packer issue.

Viv Richards and many of the world’s top players rated Kalli as one of the all time greats. He also possesses one of the greatest senses of humour and when he breaks into a laugh it dominates the surroundings.

Alvin played in 66 test matches, scoring a total of 4399 runs at an average of 44.43. He scored 12 hundreds and 21 fifties, with a top test score of 187. He also played in 31 One Day Internationals, scoring 826 runs at an average of 34.41, making 6 fifties.