, the previous West Indies legend, has handed away aged 95 after extended sickness at his Christ Church dwelling in Barbados. Weekes performed 48 Checks and scored 4455 runs at a mean of 58.62 with 15 centuries to his identify.
Weekes had suffered a coronary heart assault in June final 12 months and had been protecting in poor health since then.
He made his debut in opposition to England in 1947-48 and whereas he did not do something outstanding in that match, he quickly delivered on his early promise with 5 consecutive centuries – one in opposition to England and 4 in opposition to India – later that 12 months. He may have gone on to notch up his sixth consecutive ton, however a questionable run-out determination in Madras resulted in him dropping his wicket for 90. Some newspapers even carried the headline: “Weekes lastly fails – out for 90.”
Weekes was one among “The Three Ws” of the West Indies cricket workforce together with Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcot, who in some ways revamped the panorama of the sport with their cricketing expertise. The quick and stocky Weekes picked the size early — his toes, his bat and his physique appeared to instinctively know the place they need to be. By moving into near-perfect place and with excellent stability, he appeared to have various choices to each supply that he confronted. Cricket pundits in Australia on the time even reckoned that, by way of fashion, Weekes was the closest to Sir Don Bradman.
Weekes left faculty on the age of 14 to deal with cricket and soccer. He was additionally a part of the Barbados regiment and made his first-class debut for Barbados in opposition to Trinidad and Tobago at Port of Spain in February 1945. In his 152 first-class appearances, he made 12010 runs at a mean of 55.34 and bagged 36 tons.
After strolling into retirement life, Weekes labored as a commentator and performed a key position in serving to out younger gamers via the ranks. He additionally served as a match-referee in three ODIs within the India-Sri Lanka collection in 1994. He was knighted in 1995.