The Great West Indian Captain Clive Lloyd

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The Great West Indian Captain Clive Lloyd

Clive Lloyd team’s Australian tour was a disaster in 1975. They were humiliated on and off the field. Australian fast bowlers not only destroyed their confidence by defeating them 5-1 but also terrorizing with pace and hostile fast bowling. In the result captain Clive Lloyd started to think about changing his tactics and style of playing cricket.

His line of attack with four genuine fast bowlers really worked for him as captain in the coming years. He started to search for fast bowlers from all over the Caribbean. He already had the services of Andy Roberts and Michael holding, the inclusion of Colin Croft and later Joel Garner made this pace attack a hostile and fearsome. This famous foursome fearsome pace attack was the start of dominance of Clive Lloyd’s West Indian team.

Clive Lloyd was one of the most successful West Indian Captain. He led his team in a record 27 consecutive  tests without a single defeat. As captain he won 36 test matches including a world record 11 consecutive wins at that time. He played as captain from 1974 to 1985. Lloyd had made his team the most successful side of all times and only Australian side of late 90’s can match with them in some regard.

The West Indian dominance in cricket started from February 1980 and ended in March 1995. In that period of time West Indies never defeated in a single test series. As far as most successful captains are concerned Lloyd won two world cup and runner up in the third.

The golden era of West Indian cricket from 1980 to 1995 was only because of foundation made by captain Lloyd. He combined different Islands form a single real team named “West Indies”. Before this players from different Islands were not looked desperate to play for West Indies as they showed under Lloyd captaincy. This is definitely makes Clive Lloyd one of the most successful Captain of all time.

Clive Lloyd was a good middle order batsman as well. Although he is famous because of his reputation as one of the most successful and great captains of all time, but this is a fact that he was more than a good batsman. He averaged 46.67 in test cricket, including some great knocks under pressure that shows that how good he was with the bat. In his blistering career he scored 7515 runs in 110 test he played.

Statically Captain Lloyd is the second most successful West Indian Captain after Viv Richards. Australian Captain Steve Waugh and former West Indian captain Viv Richards have better win / loss ratio than Lloyd as captain. However the work he has done for his team no other example is there in the game history.

The Great West Indian Captain Clive Lloyd

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