Mahendra Veeren Nagamootoo

Full name: Mahendra Veeren Nagamootoo
Born: 09 Oct 1975, Whim, Berbice, Guyana
Batting: Left-hand batsman
Bowling: Leg-break and googly
Relations: Brother: V Nagamootoo; Cousin: RA Kallicharran; Uncle: RB Kanhai; Uncle: AI Kallicharran
Teams: Guyana U19 (2in: 1992-1995); West Indies U19 (Testy, ODIy: 1995);  Berbice (2in: 1999-2005); Berbice (LO: 2003-2008); Guyana (FC: 1995-2007); Guyana (ListA: 1995-2008); Guyana (T20: 2006-2008); West Indies (Test, ODI: 2000-2002); All teams
Club: Port Mourant, Berbice
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Mahendra Nagamootoo is a right-arm leg-spinner and a useful lower order batsman who played 5 Test matches and 24 One Day Internationals for the West Indies between 2000 and 2002. A nephew of both former Test players Rohan Kanhai and Alvin Kallicharran, he learnt his early trade at the Berbice club level (Port Mourant) and soon graduated to the national youth team which dominated the regional tournaments in the 1990s.

It was not surprising, therefore, when he was called to senior national duty against the Leeward Islands at the Antigua Recreation Ground in the 1995 four-day Red Stripe Cup competition while still a youth cricketer. In a game Guyana lost by an innings and 84 runs, Nagamootoo picked up Test players Ritchie Richardson and Sylvester Joseph while conceding 67 runs and contributing six and two with the bat.

Later that year he earned himself a place in the West Indies Under-19 team to Pakistan and Bangladesh where he was involved in three ‘Youth Tests’ and a similar number of ‘Youth One Day Internationals’ after which he played his first regional limited-overs game.

In 1996, in a losing cause, he mesmerised the Leeward Islands batting at Bourda capturing his best first-class figures of 7-76 in the first innings and returning to bag 2-25 in the second as the visitors reached 86 for two.

Consistently good performances at the regional level influenced the selectors to include him in the West Indies party to England in 2000 where he made both his One Day International and Test debuts.

He entered his maiden Test after the West Indies had already lost the five-match series 2-1 after four games and performed fairly in an encounter the hosts won by a huge 158 runs. England batted first and compiled 281 with the debutant claiming 2-63 while the regional team could muster only 125 (Nagamootoo 18). The hosts then made 217 second time round (Nagamootoo 1-29) and bowled the visitors out for 215 (Nagamootoo 13).

It must be mentioned that the talented leggie was never given a protracted run in West Indies colours as is evidenced by the fact that he never played in more than one Test in a series. In fact his second game came in 2001 against Australia in Sydney; his third in April 2002 against India at Bourda; the fourth against New Zealand in Grenada in June 2002; and his fifth and final match against India in Mumbai in October 2002.

However, he played more consistently throughout his ODI career competing in 24 matches over a two-year period ending with his last game against the Bangladeshis in Dhaka in 2002.

He also continued to dominate in regional competitions until 2007 when the authorities parted company with him in preference to a younger brigade of players. He had time though to end his sojourn with the record for the highest number of wickets in regional first-class cricket. The all-rounder’s efforts were also pivotal in Guyana’s victory in the inaugural Stanford 20/20 tournament in 2006 and reaching the final in 2008. (Above based on an article from the Guyana Chronicle, 10 Feb 2011.)

Nagamootoo played twice in the Lancashire League in 2004, scoring 63 and taking 6-44 for Ramsbottom against Todmorden in May and in August he appeared for Colne hitting 33 and taking 5-66 against Nelson. Colne engaged him as their professional and he was a consistently regular top performer there for five seasons.

In 2012 Mahendra Nagamootoo represented SIS Central Sports in the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board Premier League. He still occasionally represents his Berbice club Port Mourant in specially arranged matches.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SRate Ct
Guyana U19 Var 20 20 6 337 108* 24.07 1 1 - 33
West Indies U19 Testy 3 6 2 167 54 41.75 0 1 - 2
West Indies U19 ODIy 3 3 0 80 44 26.66 0 0 - 1
Berbice Var 15 11 0 234 57 21.27 0 1 - 11
Guyana FC 84 126 15 1838 64 16.55 0 5 - 72
All FC 102 156 20 2587 100 19.02 1 7 - 79
Guyana List A 72 39 13 459 63 17.65 0 1 - 28
All List A 107 65 24 719 63 17.53 0 1 - 36
Guyana T20 7 3 0 23 15 7.66 0 0 127.77 1
West Indies Test 5 8 1 185 68 26.42 0 1 52.55 2
West Indies ODI 24 18 6 162 33 13.50 0 0 60.00 6
Bowling
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Guyana U19 Var 4472 217 1379 106 7-71 13.00 10 8 2 42.19 1.85
West Indies U19 Testy 885 48 297 14 5-29 21.21 - 1 0 63.21 2.01
West Indies U19 ODIy 155 1 104 8 3-22 13.00 0 0 - 19.37 4.02
Berbice Var 2916 133 1240 85 9-31 15.89 3 9 2 34.31 2.55
Guyana FC 20919 785 9089 331 7-76 27.45 - 13 2 63.20 2.61
All FC 24801 947 10813 370 7-76 29.22 - 13 2 67.02 2.61
Guyana List A 3659 61 2218 107 5-23 20.72 2 1 - 34.19 3.63
All List A 5382 71 3566 142 5-23 25.11 5 1 - 37.90 3.97
Guyana T20 150 0 136 9 5-15 15.11 0 1 - 16.66 5.44
West Indies Test 1494 68 637 12 3-119 53.08 - 0 0 124.50 2.55
West Indies ODI 1189 4 998 18 4-32 55.44 1 0 - 66.05 5.03