Cricket’s largest names, most of whom might hear solely tales of Sir Everton Weekes‘ exploits from the bygone period, on Thursday remembered the “great” batsman and a “greater human being” in glowing tributes after he died aged 95. Weekes, who shaped the well-known three ”Ws” of West Indies cricket alongside Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell as a part of a formidable batting lineup for greater than a decade, died on Wednesday. His demise left the cricket world in a state of mourning. “As one of the remarkable ”Three Ws”, along with Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, who together struck 39 Test centuries, he played an important hand in a period that marked the rising dominance of West Indies cricket,” the ICC mentioned in its obit.
The 1925 Barbados-born Weekes made his Test debut in opposition to England in 1948.
“On behalf of CWI I want to publicly express our deepest sympathy to the family of this remarkable Iconic sportsman and gentleman, who passed away earlier today,” Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt mentioned in a launch.
“I never had the opportunity to see Sir Everton bat, but I had the opportunity to get to know him a little in his later years. I learned about his incredible career by reading about him and looking at old videos when I could.
“His efficiency stats have been glorious as he set tremendously excessive requirements for his time.”
In his career, Weekes played 48 Test matches and made 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61 per innings. That included a world-record five consecutive centuries in 1948 scores of 141 against England in Jamaica, followed by knocks of 128, 194, 162 and 101 in India. In his next innings in Madras, he made 90 when he was controversially run out.
Skerritt added, “… Sir Everton was due to this fact a most wonderful pioneer in West Indies cricket; a gentleman and fairly merely an exquisite human being.”
The modern-day cricketers additionally mourned his demise and paid transferring tributes.
Former India captain Anil Kumble tweeted, “Saddened to listen to concerning the passing of WI legend Sir. Everton Weekes. Had met him in the course of the ICC convention in Barbados. He remembered a dialog we had throughout his time as match referee. Condolences to his household and mates.”
Saddened to listen to concerning the passing of WI legend Sir. Everton Weekes. Had met him in the course of the ICC convention in Barbados. He remembered a dialog we had throughout his time as match referee. Condolences to his household and mates.
Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 2, 2020
Kumble’s former India teammate VVS Laxman wrote, “Heard about the passing away of West Indies legend, Sir Everton Weekes. He was one of the greats of the game. My condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Heard concerning the passing away of West Indies legend , Sir Everton Weekes. He was one of many greats of the sport My condolences to his household and family members. pic.twitter.com/eQQo3QXN7F
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 1, 2020
Mike Atherton, the opener who led England within the 1990s, was additionally dissatisfied to know of the legend”s passing away.
“Very sad to learn of the passing of Sir Everton Weekes. A humble man who wore his greatness lightly.”
Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop mentioned, “I had the great privilege of spending time in the company of Sir Everton on several occasions over the past 2 decades.
“Never as soon as did I depart his presence with out feeling a way (of) heat, cheerfulness & having learnt one thing wealthy & endearing every time. A very nice human being.”
The Marylebone Cricket Club said in a statement: “Everyone at MCC and Lord”s are saddened on the information of Sir Everton Weekes” passing, He will without end be remembered as one of many West Indies” most interesting cricketers.”
Former India player and current coach Ravi Shastri said, “Saddened by passing away of Sir Everton Weekes who was the final of the well-known ”Three Ws”. A real humble nice of the sport. My ideas and prayers are with Sir Weekes” household and followers on this hour of grief. RIP Sir Folded fingers.”
Saddened by passing away of Sir Everton Weekes who was the final of the well-known ‘Three Ws’. A real humble nice of the sport. My ideas and prayers are with Sir Weekes’ household and followers on this hour of grief. RIP Sir – @windiescricket pic.twitter.com/cvRhdJ1yiu
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 2, 2020
All three — Walcott and Worrell, Weekes — have been born inside a few miles of each other – inside 18 months in Barbados between August 1924 and January 1926, and all made their Test debuts inside three weeks in early 1948.
Worrell died in 1967 and Walcott in 2006.
Weekes’ common of 58.61 runs locations him together with George Headley within the prime 10 Test averages of all time.
Darren Sammy, who captained West Indies few years in the past, took to Twitter and wrote, “We lost a legend today. Sir Everton Weekes is part of @windiescricket great history and legacy. He also was a great human being. Condolences goes out to his family. May he Rest In Peace.”
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