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Author: Guyana Graphic Staff

(From Page 1) ... puzzled by Bethell's awkward action and it came as no surprise when he snicked a catch to Taylor behind the wicket. His 127, scored in 228 minutes, contained 18 fours.

Author: Guyana Graphic Staff

SOUTH AFRICAN Eddie Barlow and West Indian Rohan Ranhai hammered the England XI's attack at Scarborough yesterday afternoon and helped the Rest of the World to score 213 for two wickets at the close of play on the second day of the "prestige" match.

Author: Kaieteur News Staff

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.

Author: Guyana Times Staff

The Berbice Cricket Board’s Special Events Committee headed by Hilbert Foster has joined hands with Guysuco estates based in Berbice, to honour cricketing legends of the ancient county as the board celebrates its Diamond Jubilee.

Author: Pryor Jonas

Let's make our eye single - with both eyes concentrating until they become one eye - on the ball, and I'll show you, if you're West Indies fan indeed, as I am - proud to be an inheritor of the Caribbean tradition, slavery, indentureship and all - I'll show you that the ball you were look

Author: Pryor Jonas


Beginning this Saturday well known sports commentator Pryor Jonas will start a series of sports features to be published once weekly dealing specifically with past greats from Guyana.

Author: Nasser Khan

Rohan Kanhai was simply one of the greatest and exciting batsmen, West Indian or otherwise, the cricketing world has ever seen.

Author: Sham Samaroo

My earliest memories of England in the Caribbean go back to 1968 when Rohan Kanhai and Gary Sobers mauled the English attack at GCC Bourda. The teams had arrived in Guyana with England holding a 1-0 lead following that infamous declaration by Sobers in the previous Test in Trinidad.

Author: Sham Samaroo

Under the captaincy of Rohan Kanhai, the West Indies toured England in 1973 and regained the Wisden Trophy – their first success in seven years going back to 1967.

Kanhai Test Centuries

No Score Team Score Opponent Date
1 256 614-5d India 31 Dec 1958
2 217 469 Pakistan 26 Mar 1959
3 110 244 England 28 Jan 1960
4 117 393 Australia 27 Jan 1961
5 115 432-6d Australia 27 Jan 1961
6 138 631-8d India 07 Mar 1962
7 139 444-9d India 04 Apr 1962
8 129 573 Australia 05 May 1965
9 121 224 Australia 14 May 1965
10 104 268 England 18 Aug 1966
11 153 526-7d England 14 Mar 1968
12 150 414 England 28 Mar 1968
13 158* 385-5 India 18 Feb 1971
14 105 391 Australia 09 Mar 1973
15 157 652-8d England 23 Aug 1973


Kanhai, Gibbs At PCA Awards, 2012

(L to R) David Gower, Lance Gibbs and Rohan Kanhai are inducted to the Hall of Fame at the PCA Awards Dinner held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 25 December 2012.

The Rohan Kanhai Pub, 2010

The Rohan Kanhai pub, at 1/4 Woodhorn Rd, Ashington, Northumberland, England, named after the famous West Indian batsman, who played for Ashington for a short time.

Rohan Kanhai Stand At Bourda, 2010

The Rohan Kanhai stand at Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana, as seen in 2010, during the ICC World Twenty20 championship.

From Ranji To Rohan, 2009

The front cover of From Ranji To Rohan, a 2009 book by Guyana-born London Metropolitan University professor Clem Seecharan, that explores the role of cricket in shaping Indo-Guyanese identity.

Inducted Into ICC Hall Of Fame

Guyana and West Indies batsman Rohan Kanhai and Alec Bedser of England are inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame by ICC President David Morgan, on the 2nd day of the 1st Test between England and West Indies at Lord's on May 7, 2009.

Commentator Rohan Kanhai, 1981

Commentator Rohan Kanhai during the Third Test match between the West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18 March 1981.

WI 1975 World Cup Squad

The West Indies squad to the 1975 World Cup in England. Standing, left to right: G Grenidge, A Kallicharran, A Roberts, V Richards, K Boyce, V Holder, M Foster(?), C King (?), B Julien. Sitting: L Gibbs, D Murray, C Lloyd, C Walcott (?), R Kanhai and R Fredericks.

Kanhai & Jameson Record, 1974

Guyana batsman Rohan Kan­hai (213*) and Englishman John Jameson (240*) set a world record second-wicket stand of 465 runs, for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire in the English county championship on 27 July 1974.

WI Captain Rohan Kanhai, 1973

West Indies captain Rohan Kanhai chats with Umpire Arthur Fagg while Clive Lloyd looks on, during the 2nd Test between England and the West Indies at Birmingham, on 11 August 1973.

Kanhai In England, 1972

Guyana and West Indies batsman Rohan Kanhai, probably batting for English County Warwickshire in England in 1972.

Kanhai And Burnham, 1971

Guyana President Forbes Burnham meets the West Indies players before the start of the third Test, against India at Bourda (Guyana) on 19 March 1971. Rohan Kanhai, standing next to a solemn Lance Gibbs, seems amused.

World XI v England, 1970

The World XI team that played against England at Lords, from 17 June 1970. Back row, from left: Freddie Brown (manager), Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock, Clive Lloyd, Farokh Engineer, Mike Procter, Intikhab Alam. Front row, from left: Rohan Kanhai, Eddie Barlow, Garry Sobers (captain), Lance Gibbs, Graham McKenzie.

Kanhai And Sobers, 1968

Rohan Kanhai (150) and Gary Sobers (152) walk out to the middle after tea, on their way to a 250-run partnership in the fifth Test, against England at Bourda (Guyana) on 28 March 1968.

Sir David Rose Meets Cricketers

Guyana Governor General Sir David Rose greets Rohan Kanhai before the start of play on the final day of the Shell Shield match between Guyana and Barbados at the GCC ground, on 3 March 1967. On Kanhai's left is Joe Solomon and on his right is Alvin Kallicharran.

Kanhai's Falling Hook, 1966

Rohan Kanhai plays the falling hook on his way to 104, in the fifth Test against England at the Oval on 18 August 1966. Basil D'Oliveira in the slips and wicketkeeper John Murray view the action from close up (Source: Living for Cricket).

Blasting For Runs Cover, 1966

The cover of "Blasting For Runs", Rohan Kanhai's autobiography, published 1n 1966.

West Indies in England, 1963

A part of the West Indies touring party to England in 1963. Back row (from left): Joe Solomon, Lance Gibbs, Joey Carew Charlie Griffith, Deryck Murray and Basil Butcher. Front row (from left): Rohan Kanhai, Conrad Hunte, Frank Worrell, Garfield Sobers and Wes Hall © Getty Images

West Indies in England, 1963

The West Indies touring team to England in June 1963. This team included four Guyana cricketers: Basil Butcher (back row, second from right), Lance Gibbs (back row, third from right), Rohan Kanhai (middle row, second from left) and Joe Solomon (middle of front row).

Tied Test, 1960

Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Joe Solomon, at far left, runs out Australian Ian Meckiff, to tie the first Test between Australia and West Indies, on 14 December 1960, at the Gabba in Brisbane. Rohan Kanhai, with leg raised and beside himself with excitement, captures this extraordinary moment in cricket history.

Kanhai In Australia, 1960

Rohan Kanhai mixes with the public at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Victoria on 18 November 1960, just before scoring a blistering 252, during the early part of the West Indies tour to Australia.

West Indies In Australia, 1960

The West Indies touring team. Back row: Peter Lashley, Chester Watson, Cammie Smith, Tom Dewdney, Wes Hall, Jackie Hendriks, Lance Gibbs, Mannie Alves (Masseur). Middle row: Gerry Gomez (Manager), Sonny Ramadhin, Gerry Alexander (Vice-Captain), Frank Worrell (Captain), Garfield Sobers, Alf Valentine, Max Marshall (Assistant Manager). Front row: Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Joe Solomon, Seymour Nurse.

Kanhai And Butcher, 1958

Port Mourant, Guyana and West Indies batsmen Rohan Kanhai (256) and Basil Butcher (103) at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, on 31 December 1958, as both batsmen score their first Test centuries and Kanhai goes on to a record score.

Kanhai Keeping In 3rd Test, 1957

West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Rohan Kanhai watches as England batsman PE Richardson hits Ramadhin through the off side on the second day of the third Test in Nottingham, on 21 July 1957.

Kanhai Runs Out Cowdrey, 1957

West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Rohan Kanhai takes Goddard's return and runs out England batsman Colin Cowdrey in the first innings of the third Test in Nottingham, on 21 July 1957.

Wicketkeeper Kanhai, 1957

Rohan Kanhai keeping wicket on his Test debut, in the first Test against England at Birmingham on 30 May 1957.

Kanhai Newly In England, 1957

Guyana and West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Rohan Kanhai, on the West Indies tour of England in May 1957, before making his Test debut.

Walcott & Berbice Players, 1956

Barbados and West Indies batsman Clyde Walcott with several Berbice players in Georgetown, in 1956, before Kanhai made his Test debut. Walcott played a huge role in the development of Berbice cricket. From left: Ivan Madray, Basil Butcher, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Baijnauth, Rohan Kanhai and Joe Solomon. (Source: Ranji To Rohan)

BG and Trinidad Indians, 1954

Guyana and Trinidad players at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad for the Kawall Cup Tournament, on 23 April 1954. Standing left to right: E Warner (umpire), D Mangar, W Edun, TC Kalloo, D Ramsamooj, C Sampath, S Kalloo, B Kanhai, NS Asgarali, A Somane, E Murray, Dr MS Alli-Shaw and R Richi (umpire). Center: R Nauth, SM Bacchus (Guyana captain), N Sookram (Trinidad captain), RJ Singh (Guyana manager), S Niamath, N Rampate and F Rogoonath. Front: E Pertab, S Jackbir, S Wailloo, S Moonsammy, D Ram, S Narinesingh, I Madray, A Hassan, R Kanhai and G Persad.

Kanhai First Class Centuries

No Score Match Date
1 129   British Guiana v Jamaica 11 Oct 1956
2 195   British Guiana v Barbados 19 Oct 1956
3 100* West Indians v Bihar Governor's XI 26 Dec 1958
4 256   West Indies v India 31 Dec 1958
5 114   West Indians v Central Zone 27 Feb 1959
6 217   West Indies v Pakistan 26 Mar 1959
7 110   West Indies v England 28 Jan 1960
8 103   West Indians v Australian XI 04 Nov 1960
9 252   West Indians v Victoria 18 Nov 1960
10 117   West Indies v Australia 27 Jan 1961
11 115   West Indies v Australia 27 Jan 1961
12 135   Western Australia v South Australia 03 Nov 1961
13 108* Western Australia v Queensland 16 Dec 1961
14 138   West Indies v India 07 Mar 1962
15 139   West Indies v India 04 Apr 1962
16 110   Commonwealth XI v Rhodesian Invitation XI 22 Sep 1962
17 119   West Indians v Cambridge University 08 May 1963
18 103   West Indies XI v The Rest 24 Sep 1963
19 129   Commonwealth XI v Pakistan 15 Nov 1963
20 161   Commonwealth XI v Pakistan 29 Nov 1963
21 108   British Guiana v Barbados 15 Feb 1964
22 118   Sir FMM Worrell's XI v England XI 02 Sep 1964
23 170   Sir FMM Worrell's XI v England XI 08 Sep 1964
24 129   West Indies v Australia 05 May 1965
25 121   West Indies v Australia 14 May 1965
26 192* West Indians v Oxford University 07 May 1966
27 104   West Indies v England 18 Aug 1966
28 103   West Indians v TN Pearce's XI 03 Sep 1966
29 138   West Indians v West Zone 09 Dec 1966
30 144* Guyana v Barbados 28 Feb 1967
31 164   Guyana v Trinidad and Tobago 22 Mar 1967
32 107   Rest of the World XI v Sussex 30 Aug 1967
33 153   West Indies v England 14 Mar 1968
34 150   West Indies v England 28 Mar 1968
35 119   Warwickshire v Cambridge University 27 Apr 1968
36 253   Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire 01 Jun 1968
37 111   Warwickshire v Yorkshire 08 Jun 1968
38 152   Warwickshire v Lancashire 29 Jun 1968
39 106   Warwickshire v Glamorgan 24 Jul 1968
40 193   Warwickshire v Leicestershire 24 Aug 1968
41 174* West Indians v Western Australia Combined XI 02 Nov 1968
42 151   West Indians v Tasmania 11 Jan 1969
43 173   Warwickshire v Northamptonshire 14 Jun 1969
44 108* Tasmania v New Zealanders 26 Dec 1969
45 200* Tasmania v Victoria 17 Jan 1970
46 105   Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire 02 May 1970
47 107   Warwickshire v Kent 16 May 1970
48 165   Warwickshire v Derbyshire 23 May 1970
49 162* Warwickshire v Sussex 13 Jun 1970
50 187* Warwickshire v Derbyshire 08 Aug 1970
51 100   Rest of the World XI v England 13 Aug 1970
52 132* Warwickshire v Worcestershire 02 Sep 1970
53 158* West Indies v India 18 Feb 1971
54 186* Guyana v Jamaica 27 Feb 1971
55 103   Warwickshire v Yorkshire 08 May 1971
56 135* Warwickshire v Lancashire 02 Jun 1971
57 135   Warwickshire v Yorkshire 01 Sep 1971
58 121* World XI v Queensland 19 Nov 1971
59 101   World XI v Australia 26 Nov 1971
60 118   World XI v Australia 10 Dec 1971
61 167* Warwickshire v Oxford University 26 Apr 1972
62 199   Warwickshire v Lancashire 17 May 1972
63 121   Warwickshire v Northamptonshire 24 May 1972
64 121* Warwickshire v Hampshire 21 Jun 1972
65 123* Warwickshire v Glamorgan 08 Jul 1972
66 165   Warwickshire v Lancashire 12 Jul 1972
67 115   Warwickshire v Kent 26 Jul 1972
68 124   Warwickshire v Derbyshire 06 Sep 1972
69 117   Guyana v Combined Islands 26 Jan 1973
70 105   West Indies v Australia 09 Mar 1973
71 230* Warwickshire v Somerset 16 May 1973
72 114   Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire 26 May 1973
73 119* West Indians v Hampshire 23 Jun 1973
74 157   West Indies v England 23 Aug 1973
75 179   Warwickshire v Cambridge University 04 May 1974
76 102   Warwickshire v Lancashire 24 Jul 1974
77 213* Warwickshire v Gloucestershire 27 Jul 1974
78 134   Transvaal v Natal 23 Nov 1974
79 188* Transvaal v Eastern Province 14 Dec 1974
80 104   Transvaal v Western Province 31 Dec 1974
81 142* Warwickshire v Worcestershire 05 Jul 1975
82 178* Warwickshire v Leicestershire 23 Jul 1975
83 102   Warwickshire v Worcestershire 16 Aug 1975
84 111* Warwickshire v Yorkshire 21 Jul 1976
85 125* Warwickshire v Northamptonshire 28 May 1977
86 176   Warwickshire v Lancashire 18 Jun 1977

Kanhai List A Centuries

Rohan Kanhai

Full name: Rohan Bholalall Kanhai
Born: 26 Dec 1935, Port Mourant, Berbice, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Fielding: Right-arm medium, wicket-keeper
Relations: Nephew: MV Nagamootoo; Nephew: V Nagamootoo; Nephew: R Etwaroo; Nephew: R Etwaroo; Nephew: TR Etwaroo
Teams: Berbice (FC: 1960); Guyana (FC: 1955-1974); Guyana (ListA: 1973); West Indies (Test: 1957-1974); West Indies (ODI: 1973-1975); Western Australia (FC: 1961/62); Trinidad & Tobago (FC: 1965); Warwickshire (FC, ListA: 1968-1977);  Tasmania (FC: 1970); Transvaal (SACB) (FC: 1974/75); All teams
Clubs: Port Mourant (Berbice); Everest (Georgetown); 
  Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year: 1958/59
  Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 1964
  Warwickshire cap: 1968
  Warwickshire benefit season: 1977 (raised 11,500 pounds)
  Lists of matches and more detailed statistics
Page: Rohan Kanhai special page here at

Rohan Kanhai had a natural genius for batting. A small, neat right-hander with every cricket stroke and a few he invented himself, (notably a full-blooded sweep to leg-side - half-volleys which swung him off his feet and the ball out of the ground), he possessed a wonderful gift of timing and scored runs consistently all over the world.

A steely determination and huge appetite for runs made him one of the most consistent of batsmen to come from the Caribbean and he did much, personally, to dispel the general impression that West Indies batsmen would waste their natural brilliance from time to time and either throw their wickets away or fold up quickly in a crisis.

Though he was not a particularly successful captain when that honour came his way - his occasionally stormy temperament being wrong for the job - Rohan Kanhai was in this sense highly significant in the development of West Indian cricket at international level.

Born on a sugar plantation at Port Mourant, British Guinana, to which colony his grandparents emigrated from India, Kanhai is slightly built and stands only 5 ft. 7 ins. Like most male West Indians he took to cricket as a matter of course at an early age and when eight was in the team at the local Roman Catholic school as wicket-keeper-batsman.

In common with most Guyanese schoolboys in those days, he played without gloves or pads -- a reason, he considers, why West Indies batsmen are less addicted to pad-play than players of other countries.

During four years he made many runs for the school, which he captained in his last season, without putting together a century. Though receiving no coaching, he advanced steadily - he hit his first three-figure innings for Port Mourant CC when sixteen - through studying the methods of leading players, and in 1954 he graduated to inter-county matches, so attracting the attention of the Colonial cricket authorities.

He appeared for the East Indian Cricket Club (now Everest Cricket Club) in the Case Cup Competition and gained a place in the British Guiana team in 1955 when nineteen, scoring 51 and 27 in the match with the Australian touring side. Thenceforward he did not look back.

Kanhai recalls with amusement, however, how he got his first trial for British Guiana. Four players were available to fill the last two places and it was decided to settle the problem by drawing two names from a hat. Kanhai was unsuccessful; but the following morning he was called upon to play, for one of the lucky players had wrenched an ankle.

In 1956 he distinguished himself by hitting 129 from the Jamaica bowling and 195 against Barbados in the Quadrangular Tournament, following with innings of 62 and 90 in the first of two trials staged to help in the selection of the party to tour England. In his first three Tests he kept wicket before Franz Alexander took over behind the stumps. Kanhai deputised as keeper on several other occasions.

For Warwickshire Kanhai scored 1,000 runs in a season on ten occasions, his most prolific year being 1970 when he hit 1,894 at an average of 57.39. He also hit 1,000 runs in a season once in Australia and once while touring India and Pakistan. His highest score for Warwickshire was 253 against Nottinghamshire in 1968 at Trent Bridge, when he added 402 with Billy Ibadulla, a record for Warwickshire's fourth wicket.

Kanhai and Jameson created a first-class world record with an unbroken stand of 465 for the second wicket for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston in 1974; Jameson made 240 and Kanhai 213.

But it was his batting which West Indies came to rely on for more than 16 years. His sequence of 61 Tests were broken only because he had to return to England for a cartilage operation. He didn't score a century until his 13th Test but it was worth waiting for; he smashed 256 runs off the Indian attack at Calcutta. There were centuries too for Sobers and Basil Butcher as West Indies crushed their hosts by an innings and 336 runs.

Kanhai followed this with 99 in the next Test as West Indies went on to win the series 3-0. Another double century followed on the same overseas tour, this time in Lahore as West Indies beat Pakistan by an innings. In all he hit 15 Test centuries, averaging 47.53 in Test matches.

Shortly before the end of the 1963 West Indies tour of England he surprised his team-mates by secretly marrying a Lancashire girl.

Kanhai was appointed captain of the West Indies for the home series against Australia in 1972-73. West Indies lost the five-Test series 2-0 but he retained the captaincy for the tour to England the following summer. This time he enjoyed success, winning the three-Test series 2-0, although the following winter he only managed to draw the five-Test home series against England 1-1. Unhappy with his own form, he retired from Test cricket after that series.

One-day cricket was in its infancy as Kanhai's career drew to a close, and he only played in seven ODIs. However, he went out on a high, appearing in the first World Cup Final at Lord's in 1975 against Australia. He scored 55 in putting on a vital 149 with Clive Lloyd for the fourth wicket after West Indies had been struggling at 50 for 3. The West Indies went on to win by 17 runs.

Kanhai also played cricket in several English (and Scottish) leagues.

Batting and fielding averages
Team Format Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Berbice FC 1 1 0 13 13 13.00   0 0     0 0
Guyana FC 30 46 4 2385 195 56.79   7 12     29 0
All FC 421 675 83 29250 256 49.40   86 120     325 7
Guyana List A 2 2 0 92 82 46.00   0 1     1 0
All List A 159 151 29 4769 126 39.09   7 26     70 1
West Indies Test 79 137 6 6227 256 47.53   15 28     50 0
West Indies ODI 7 5 2 164 55 54.66 60.07 0 2 19 1 4 0
Bowling averages
Team Format Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Guyana FC 30 325 171 4 2/57   42.75 3.16 81.3 0 0 0
All FC 421 1595 1039 19 2/5   54.68 3.90 83.9   0 0
Guyana List A 2 6 8 0 0/8   - 8.00 - 0 0 0
All List A 159 29 17 1 1/2 1/2 17.00 3.51 29.0 0 0 0
West Indies Test 79 183 85 0 - - - 2.78 - 0 0 0
West Indies ODI 7 - - - - - - - - - - -