Ramnaresh Sarwan

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Ramnaresh Sarwan
Personal information
Full nameRamnaresh Ronnie Sarwan
Born (1980-06-23) 23 June 1980 (age 40)
Wakenaam Island, Guyana
BowlingRight arm leg break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  234)18 May 2000 v  Pakistan
Last Test28 June 2011 v  India
ODI debut(cap  101)20 July 2000 v  England
Last ODI11 June 2013 v  India
ODI shirt no.53
T20I debut(cap  20)11 September 2007 v  South Africa
Last T20I20 May 2010 v  South Africa
Domestic team information
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
Runs scored5,8425,80413,2218,337
Batting average 40.0142.6739.1140.27
Top score291120*291120*
Balls bowled2,0225814,3681,130
Wickets 23165635
Bowling average 50.5636.6241.9828.60
5 wickets in innings 0011
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling4/373/316/625/10
Catches/stumpings 53/–45/–152/–68/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 21 September 2017

Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan (born 23 June 1981) is a cricketer of Indo-Guyanese origin and a former member and former captain of the West Indies cricket team, in all formats.


He was named as captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the 2013 inaugural tournament of the Caribbean Premier League. [1]


Sarwan's name is a common Hindu name shared by many of his countrymen who have roots in India.

Domestic career

Having fallen out of international favour, Sarwan signed for English county Leicestershire for the 2012 English season. [2]

International career

Rise in ranks

Sarwan was 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.[ citation needed ] He missed scoring his maiden Test century against South Africa in March 2001 when he was run out for 91.[ citation needed ] 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.[ citation needed ] His maiden Test century came in his next Test series against Bangladesh at Dhaka.[ citation needed ] His next Test century came against Australia at St. John's in May 2003.[ citation needed ] His best innings (291) came against England in February/March 2009.[ citation needed ] Sarwan is also a part-time leg-break bowler with best bowling figures of 4 for 37.[ citation needed ]

During the most recent[ when? ] 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.[ citation needed ]

On 23 June 2006, on his 26th birthday, while playing against India Sarwan hit six fours in an over off Munaf Patel [ citation needed ] 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.[ citation needed ]

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."[ citation needed ]


On 29 April 2007 it was announced that Sarwan was to succeed the retiring Brian Lara as captain of the West Indies following the side's exit from the 2007 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.[ citation needed ]

Post captaincy

Sarwan returned to the West Indies side in 2008 for the home series against Sri Lanka, as vice-captain to 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.[ citation needed ]

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 second Test in North Sound, Antigua.[ citation needed ] At the age 28 years, 228 days he became the youngest West Indian to reach the 5,000 runs milestone when he scored a century against England in Jamaica.[ citation needed ] 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 shared until 2017 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 Vivian Richards.[ citation needed ]

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) Ramnaresh Sarwan graph.png
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)

Late career

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]

He announced his retirement from international cricket in September 2016. [6] He played his last international match as an ODI against India at The Oval on 11 June 2013.[ citation needed ]

Style of play

For much of his career, Sarwan wore a bandana under his helmet whilst batting,[ citation needed ] but dropped the practice due to a change in the design of helmet.[ citation needed ] He shared the habit of his fellow countrymen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine of marking his guard with a bail.[ citation needed ]

Career best performances

as of 23 June 2013

BattingBowling (innings)
Tests 291 West Indies v England Bridgetown 20094–37 West Indies v Bangladesh Gros Islet 2004
ODI 120* West Indies v Zimbabwe Grenada 20133–31 West Indies v New Zealand Lord's 2004
T20I 59 West Indies v England Port of Spain 20092–10 West Indies v Bangladesh Johannesburg 2007
FC 291 West Indies v England Bridgetown 20096–62 Guyana v Leeward Islands St. John's 2001
LA 120* West Indies v Zimbabwe Grenada 20135–10 Guyana v Bermuda Essequibo1998
T20 70 Guyana v Southern Redbacks Johannesburg 20102–10 West Indies v Bangladesh Johannesburg 2007

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