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Full name Darren Julius Garvey Sammy


Born December 20, 1983, Micoud, St Lucia


Major teams West Indies, Northern Windward Islands, St Lucia, Stanford Superstars, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, Windward Islands


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Darren Julius Garvey Sammy

Darren Julius Garvey Sammy has names invoking images of great leadership, and in October 2010 he became the first cricketer from St Lucia to be named West Indies captain. He is in fact the first international cricketer to emerge from St Lucia, an island rediscovering its cricket culture as the new Beausejour Stadium has captured imaginations. Perhaps because St Lucians have not been as engrossed with cricket as other West Indians, Sammy's ascension to the captaincy has encouraged their players to become allrounders. Sammy, who spent some time at Lord's with the MCC cricket staff, also showed off his skills as a batsman and right-arm medium-pacer as part of the University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor's XI.


He won a one-day cap in England in 2004 - although there wasn't actually any play in the match, it counted as the toss was made - and was called up late to the Champions Trophy squad in September 2004 after Jermaine Lawson pulled out with a stress-fractured back. In July 2006, he was named as St Lucia's captain for West Indies' first-ever Twenty20 tournament and was recalled for the tour of England in 2007. After missing the first two Tests, Sammy was drafted into the side for his debut at Old Trafford, and celebrated with 7 for 66 in the second innings - a performance that included three wickets in a single over. St Lucian fans had their first opportunity to see Sammy in an ODI in his home country when he played at Gros Islet against Sri Lanka in 2008.


In the next two years, Sammy struggled to hold down a place in the Test side while remaining a fairly permanent fixture in the one-day team. Playing for a weakened team against Bangladesh in 2009, he ended the two-Test series with 12 wickets. Further success with the ball came on Zimbabwe's tour of the Caribbean in 2010, as he became the first West Indian to take five wickets in a Twenty20 international. West Indies went on to lose that game, but Sammy's bowling in the one-day series which followed - he took eight wickets at 12.50 and an economy rate of just 2.85 - was a major factor in the home side's win. He was also one of the bright spots in West Indies' whitewashing by the South Africans later that year, although this time it was his batting that grabbed the attention: he scored his runs at a strike-rate of 145.31, and registered the fastest ever half-century by a West Indian in the second ODI at North Sound, very nearly snatching an unlikely win.


After Chris Gayle did not sign a central contract in 2010, Sammy was named captain of the Test and one-day teams. His first Test series as captain, in Sri Lanka, saw all three Tests rained out. He had a disappointing 2011 World Cup, but in May 2011 led West Indies to their first Test win in two years, taking seven wickets against Pakistan in Providence.


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Full name Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan


Born June 23, 1980, Wakenaam Island, Essequibo, Guyana


Major teams West Indies, Gloucestershire, Guyana, Kings XI Punjab, Stanford Superstars


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak



Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan

A nimble, Chaplinesque right-hander, Ramnaresh Sarwan was brought up in the South American rainforest around the Essequibo River. After his first Test innings, 84 not out against Pakistan, Ted Dexter was moved to predict a Test average of more than 50 - an unfair millstone to hang around any young player's neck. But on his first tour, to England in 2000, Sarwan lived up to the hype by topping the averages. His footwork, which seemed to require no early trigger movements, was strikingly confident and precise.


It was a surprise when he then produced a horror run of three runs in five innings in Australia, but against India in 2001-02 he was back to his composed best. Sarwan, who took over as Brian Lara's vice-captain in March 2003, required 28 matches and 49 innings to post his maiden Test century, 119 in December 2002 - and even then it came against the less-than-mighty Bangladeshis. But, as the likes of Graham Gooch and Steve Waugh can testify, the first time is often the hardest, and since then, his batting has achieved a greater level of consistency. A dream series against South Africa in 2003-04, where he averaged nearly a 100 runs a Test, was followed by a lean run against England. But he battled on, and returned to form in a stunning manner with an unbeaten 261 against Bangladesh in June. Then came the England tour in 2004 where he began and ended the tour on a low note, but was prolific in the middle. However, West Indian fortunes were on the ascendancy in one-dayers, as they reached the finals of the NatWest Series and then won the ICC Champions Trophy with Sarwan playing a big hand in both tournaments. However, he was one of the players involved in the contract dispute between with WICB and missed the first Test against South Africa in 2005. On his return he scored attractive runs, but was again overlooked for the captaincy when it was handed back to Brian Lara. He didn't fare well with the bat in the 2006-07 season, averaging just 25.90 in 13 games he played till the end of the Champions Trophy. In a shocking gesture, he was dropped from the second Test against Pakistan in the away series in November. He returned for the third Test and sustained a foot injury which kept him out of the one-dayers against Pakistan and the tour of India. He turned in some solid performances at the World Cup and was named as the captain following the retirement of Brian Lara. It wasn't exactly a field full of promising candidates. Injuries limited his appearances in 2007, and a friendly captaincy competition between Sarwan and Gayle continued with both players publicly supporting one another. Sarwan was Gayle's deputy on his return to the side in 2008 for the home series against Sri Lanka but the demotion did not affect his output, and he made three half-centuries and a hundred in the two Tests.


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Full name Kieron Adrian Pollard


Born May 12, 1987, Tacarigua, Trinidad


Major teams West Indies, Mumbai Indians, Somerset, South Australia, Stanford Superstars, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies Under-19s


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Kieron Adrian Pollard

A right-hand allrounder - he bats in the middle order and bowls medium-pace - Kieron Pollard, who represented West Indies in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, hit the national headlines when he smashed 83 for Trinidad and Tobago in the Stanford 20/20 in August 2006, and then underlined that potential with 126 on his first-class debut five months later. It was not only that he scored a hundred so much as the way he did so, taking 71 balls and smashing six sixes, including one of them as his first scoring stroke. Nine days later he was named in the provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup, and in his third first-class game he scored a second hundred, again including six sixes. Pollard made his ODI debut for in a World Cup match against South Africa and was then recalled for an ODI series against New Zealand in late 2008. He thrilled Indian audiences during the Champions League Twenty20 in October 2009 and his 18-ball 54 for T&T against New South Wales increased his international demand. Pollard was signed by South Australia shortly after and that was followed by an IPL contract with Mumbai Indians for a massive $750000.


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Full name Marlon Nathaniel Samuels


Born January 5, 1981, Kingston, Jamaica


Major teams West Indies, Jamaica


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Relation Brother - RG Samuels

Marlon Nathaniel Samuels

Marlon Samuels is a right-hander of immense ability, whose composed start to his Test career prompted unfair comparisons with Viv Richards. When Samuels flew into Australia for the third Test of the 2000-01 series, he was only 19 and had yet to represent his native Jamaica in a first-class match.


His technique was near to faultless: perfectly balance, standing utterly still at the crease, moving smoothly into his strokes off either foot. His undistinguished offspin also claimed a couple of wickets, though his action would later be called into question. He exudes a bull-headed confidence - he used to skip his schoolwork on the basis that exams were irrelevant to future Test cricketers.


That confidence, which often overflowed into perceived arrogance, almost got him sent home from India late in 2002 after he defied a team curfew - but he was kept on, and responded with his a disciplined maiden Test century in Kolkata. But he struggled with both form and injury, and was dropped after two poor home Tests against Sri Lanka in 2003.


He made a comeback for the tour of Australia in 2005-06 but didn't contribute anything of substance in the two Tests he played. An 87 in the third Test against India in May raised hopes of a revival but runs continued to elude him in the ODI format. The drought continued in the 2006-07 season - he passed 15 only once in 12 games but, out of the blue came, the stunning unbeaten hundred against Pakistan in December 2006. In the next five games, leading to his selection to the World Cup, he compiled 216 runs with a match-winning 98, against India when West Indies chased down 268, being the standout knock.


However, just before his selection, he was drawn into a major controversy after Nagpur police alleged that he passed on match-related information to an alleged bookie ahead of an ODI against India. He was included in the World Cup squad despite the ICC's investigations into the issue, where he only briefly shone, ending the tournament by running out Brian Lara in his last international innings. He lost his place for the England tour that followed but was given a lifeline when he was recalled following injury to the captain, Ramnaresh Sarwan. He was subsequently called up to their Twenty20 World Championship squad in South Africa in September.


There were signs of a growing maturity in his batsmanship, but the match-fixing allegations reared its head in 2008 when he was found guilty of "receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute." Samuels was subsequently banned for two years, at a time when West Indies desperately needed solidity in their middle-order.


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Full name Christopher Henry Gayle


Born September 21, 1979, Kingston, Jamaica


Major teams West Indies, ICC World XI, Jamaica, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Stanford Superstars, Western Australia, Worcestershire


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Christopher Henry Gayle

A thrusting Jamaican left-hander, Gayle earned himself a black mark on his first senior tour - to England in 2000 - where the new boys were felt to be insufficiently respectful of their elders. But a lack of respect, for opposition bowlers at least, has served Gayle well since then. Tall and imposing at the crease, he loves to carve through the covers off either foot, and has the ability to decimate the figures of even the thriftiest of opening bowlers.


In a lean era for West Indian cricket - and fast bowling in particular - Gayle's pugnacious approach has become an attacking weapon in its own right. His 79-ball century at Cape Town in January 2004, on the back of a South African first innings of 532, was typical of his no-holds-barred approach. However, Gayle's good run ended when England came calling early in 2004, and he averaged 26 against their potent pace attack - Steve Harmison, in particular, fancied his chances against Gayle, dismissing him four times in seven innings, as a lack of positive footwork was exposed. But men with little footwork often baffle experts, and after returning to form with an uncharacteristic century against Bangladesh, he exacted his revenge on England's bowlers with a battering not seen since Lara's 400, before coming within a whisker of emulating Lara himself, with a career-best 317 against South Africa in Antigua. In the disastrous 2005-06 tour of New Zealand he led the batting in the three-Test series, piling 235 runs - no other West Indian touched the 200-run mark. He also bowls brisk non-turning offspin, with which he has turned himself into a genuine one-day allrounder. Maturing quickly, he has become a consistently prolific scorer in the ODIs. He averaged over 40 in the 2006-07 season with three hundreds - an unbeaten 133 against South Africa in the Champions Trophy being the highlight, and three fifties. But expected to be one of the stars of the World Cup in the Caribbean, his batting was a major disappointment. In the absence of the injured Ramnaresh Sarwan for their tour in 2007, Gayle was handed the captaincy for the limited-overs series in England and Ireland and found immediate success by beating England 2-1. He also led in the Test series against South Africa, leaving with a 1-1 result, and was retained as captain ahead of Sarwan for the home Tests against Sri Lanka in 2008. A subsequent Test and ODI defeat at home against Australia led him to quit the captaincy, but he changed his mind, and the following season was instrumental in the defeats of England, both as captain of the Stanford Superstars in their winner-takes-all US$20million match in Antigua in November, and the Test team that secured a 1-0 triumph to bring home the Wisden Trophy after a nine-year hiatus. By now, however, the Indian Premier League was taking over as his primary concern - Gayle's US$800,000 price-tag made him one of Kolkata's most expensive players, and though a groin injury ruled him out of the first edition in 2008, he played seven games in 2009 before flying to England just 48 hours before a Test match at Lord's against England. The match was lost in three days, leading a disillusioned Gayle to declare that he "would not be so sad" if Test cricket died out.


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Full name Denesh Ramdin


Born March 13, 1985, Couva, Trinidad


Major teams West Indies, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, West Indies A, West Indies Under-19s


Nickname Shotter


Playing role Wicketkeeper


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Education Preysal Government

Denesh Ramdin

Originally a fast bowler who then kept wicket when he had finished his stint with the ball, at 13 Denesh Ramdin decided to concentrate on keeping, honing his reflexes and working on his agility. He led both Trinidad & Tobago's and West Indies' Under-19 sides before being selected, aged 19 and with only 13 first-class games under his belt, as first-choice gloveman for the senior squad's tour of Sri Lanka in 2005. He impressed with his work behind and in front of the stumps, in the series against Australia in November 2005. A plucky 71 in the second Test of the series in Hobart was his best moment down under. When India toured the West Indies in mid-2006, Ramdin's wicketkeeping was impressive on pitches that often saw the ball dying even before reaching him. His batting was patchy, though a superb calculated assault on the Indian bowlers in the final stages of the Kingston Test proved a fine reminder of his undoubted prowess in that quarter as well.


He averaged 18.60 in the 2006-07 season as his batting continued to flounder but, nevertheless, was included in the World Cup squad where, a fifty against Australia aside, his desperate form with the bat continued. Perhaps it was more a sign of how bare the cupboard was rather than Ramdin's dominance that he was the sole keeper picked to tour England in 2007. He didn't have much impact with the bat in the Test series in South Africa later that year, although his glovework was immaculate, and he remained the team's No. 1 keeper. Ramdin was named ODI vice-captain for the away series in New Zealand at the end of the year. He finally hit his maiden Test century - 166 against England in Barbados - in March 2009 and continues to be West Indies' first-choice wicketkeeper in the five-day format.


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Full name Dwayne John Bravo


Born October 7, 1983, Santa Cruz, Trinidad


Major teams West Indies, Chennai Super Kings, Essex, Kent, Mumbai Indians, Trinidad & Tobago, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, Victoria


Nickname Johnny


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast


Relation Half-brother - DM Bravo

Dwayne John Bravo

Dwayne Bravo is that creature long needed by West Indies, an allrounder. He made his Test debut at Lord's in July 2004, and took three wickets in the first innings with his medium-paced swingers. He also showed a cool enough temperament to forge a confident start at the crease, displaying a straight bat despite his team's facing a big England total of 568. His follow-ups were even better. By the end of the series, West Indies were down and out, but in Bravo, they had unearthed a special talent. He scored plenty of runs and claimed a bunch of wickets in four Tests, but nowhere was his ability more evident than in Manchester, where he top-scored for the team, and then restricted England with a six-wicket haul. He hit 107 against South Africa in April 2004-05 at Antigua to bring up his maiden century and in November 2005, scored a magnificent 113 against Australia at Hobart. He dazzled in the ODI series against India in May 2006, bamboozling the batsmen with his slower ones and chipping in with match-winning contributions with the bat. He grew as a player in the limited-overs format in the 2006-07 season with a fluent unbeaten 112, his maiden ODI ton, against England in the Champions Trophy and achieved his best career figures, 4 for 39, against India in the last game before the World Cup. Bravo was acting ODI captain when Chris Gayle was injured in Zimbabwe in late 2007 and he became their latest Test captain when he led them to a loss in Durban the following month. He was often a rare glimmer of joy among some depressing moments until an ankle injury struck in 2008 and ruled him out for eight months. He return for the one-day series against England just as full of energy as when he left, but full recovery proved a slow process and he wasn't rushed back into Test cricket. Twenty20, though, was less of an issue as he resumed his contract with Mumbai Indians. His impressive Twenty20 skills were on display during the Champions League in India where he was the tournament's leading wicket-taker.


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Full name Jerome Everton Taylor


Born June 22, 1984, St Elizabeth, Jamaica


Major teams West Indies, Jamaica, Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors, Stanford Superstars


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast



Jerome Everton Taylor

Jerome Taylor was just 18 years old, with a solitary one-day match for Jamaica under his belt, when he was called into the West Indies squad for the final match of their series against Sri Lanka in June 2003. It was the culmination of an explosive first season for Taylor, who was named as the most promising fast bowler in the 2003 Carib Beer Series, after picking up 21 wickets at 20.14 in six first-class matches. That haul included a second-innings spell of 8 for 59 in Jamaica's five-wicket victory over Trinidad and Tobago, a match in which he took ten wickets for the first time. But a back injury sidelined him from competitive cricket. He picked up 26 wickets at 16.61 in the Carib Beer Cup in the 2004-05 season and, in the next, he grabbed 12 wickets at 29.00 to force his way back into the West Indies team. When India toured the West Indies in mid-2006, they ran into an energised Taylor at his best. Quick and accurate, Taylor turned into West Indies' spearhead as the series progressed. His pacy burst on the lifeless surface in St Kitts won many admirers but it was his lethal performance in Kingston that underlined his worth. Getting the ball to lift off a good length, he thrilled his home crowd with his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. He picked up 26 wickets at 27.69 in the 2006-07 season and bagged his career-best figures, 4 for 49, when he bowled West Indies to a thrilling win against Australia in the Champions Trophy. Later that year he snared 5 for 48 in a superb ODI performance against Zimbabwe and in 2008 was West Indies' leading bowler in the Test series against Sri Lanka, with 11 wickets at 24.81. That helped him bag the Jamaica Cricketer of the Year award for 2008. His coach John Dyson identified some potential as a lower-order batsman and Taylor emphatically repaid the faith with a blitzy Test century at No.8 against New Zealand the same year.


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Full name Ravindranath Rampaul


Born October 15, 1984, Preysal, Trinidad


Major teams Ireland, West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI, West Indies A


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Ravindranath Rampaul

Of East Indian descent, Ravi Rampaul is tall, strong, and well-built. He first sprung to notice at the World Under-15 Challenge in England in 2000, and after some excellent performances in youth cricket, he made his Trinidad & Tobago debut in 2002, playing twice. In 2003 he took 18 wickets in six matches, and then some impressive performances for West Indies Under-19s propelled him to the verge of international selection. He grabbed a few wickets, but it was his aggression that caught the eye: against Antigua & Barbuda he unleashed four successive bouncers at the opener and finished him off with an unplayable yorker.


He was picked to tour southern Africa in 2003-04, making his ODI debut in Zimbabwe, and was retained for the England series and return trip later that year. But he broke down and returned home, shin splints sidelining him for more than a year. He only really returned in 2006-07 with 20 wickets, his 7 for 51 against Barbados underlining to the selectors that he was back. They rewarded him with a recall to tour England for a second time and impressed sufficiently to be named in West Indies' Twenty20 World Championship squad. Rampaul soon became a regular in West Indies' limited-overs squads and also completed a Level One coaching course.


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Full name Devendra Bishoo


Born November 6, 1985, New Amsterdam, Berbice, Guyana


Major teams West Indies, Berbice, Guyana, West Indies A


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak

Devendra Bishoo

Devendra Bishoo is a legspinner who has risen through the ranks since his debut in the 2008 season. He cut his teeth at the first-class level and courted immediate success, snaring four five-wicket hauls, and ten in one match, in his first couple of seasons. His attacking style of bowling had a major impact in the 2010 Caribbean T20 where he finished with ten wickets in four games at the mean average of 8.20, conceding just 5.12 runs an over. His Man-of-the-Series award in that tournament tipped him as one of the players to watch out for in the Champions League Twenty20.


He was called up to the West Indies squad for the 2011 World Cup and impressed during the tournament. He made his Test debut in the same year.