“Rohan Kanhai” was the first assigned Captain of One Day International format of
West Indies team. He led the team in One Day International match in the year 1973.
His full name is “Rohan Bholalall Kanhai”
. He was an Indian origin player and represented the West Indies team in 79 International Test Matches. During the era of the
1960s, he was considered one of the best batsmen
. He was even considered as the player who was mainly responsible for the growth and quality cricket show of West Indies team at that time. He was the even the player of the team which won the 1975 inaugural
World Cup of Cricket
He was the player of his kind, who was famous for his unorthodox cricketing style. He made his
Test Debut against
England in the year 1957
and made his One Day International Debut against England as well in the year 1973
. He was a full-time Batsman and an occasional Wicket-Keeper. After retiring from all the International Cricketing formats, he became the first National Cricket Coach of West Indies Team. In May 1992, he was assigned as the Coach but his working period was not assigned by the authorities
, so he
voluntarily resigned from the post in 1995
. He did this so that, Andy Roberts could take over him.
In his overall career, he scored total 6,227 runs in 79 Test. In which he scored his highest inning runs 256 against
India in Kolkata in a Test Match
. At the age 40, he guided the West Indies team towards winning the Inaugural World Cup by scoring a half-century and providing a subtle platform to other players to play the match freely.
He was an inspiration for many other players. Even
Sunil Gavaskar the famous Indian Player was so much inspired with his skill that he named his son Rohan in his honor.