Kanhai: Berbice Greatest
Former West Indies Cricket Captain and batting Legend Rohan Kanhai would be honoured by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) as the Ancient County’s Greatest ever cricketer. The batting maestro, who played 79 Test matches for the West Indies, became the second Berbician to play Test cricket after John Trim when he made his debut against England at Edgbaston on May 30th 1957.
Chairman of the BCB Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster, who is spearheading the Board’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, stated that Kanhai was not only a great player but an outstanding Ambassador for Berbice.
In tribute to Kanhai, the BCB as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations would be unveiling his portrait at the Port Mourant Cricket Club (PMCC) while the main pavilion at the ground would now be named in his honour.
Kanhai scored 6227 Tests runs with 16 centuries with his highest score being 256 not out versus India. He and fellow Port Mourant Legends, Basil Butcher, Joseph Solomon and Ivan Madray were products of the Clive Walcott era when the former West Indies player and Legend were based in Berbice.
Kanhai scored 29,250 first class runs from 421 matches with 89 centuries. Kanhai Captained the West Indies teams in 13 Tests and played a crucial innings of 55 in assisting Clive Lloyd in a match winning partnership during the 1975 World Cup finals vs Australia.
Like a rare diamond, he sparkled among numerous stars, Sir Frank Worrel, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wesley Hall, Charlie Griffith, Conrad Hunte, Sonny Ramdin, Basil Butcher, Alfred Valentine, Lancelot Gibbs and Clive Lloyd.
He was the first West Indian of East Indian descent to Captain the West Indies and was named the ICC Player of the Year in 1964. In 2009, the Golden Jubilee of the ICC, Kanhai was named among 55 inductees for the ICC Hall of Fame, the most prestigious and highest honour a cricketer can achieve.