Picture of Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
West Indies, Gloucestershire, Jamaica, Rest of the World, West Indies A, West Indies Inv XI, Young West Indies, Warnes Warriors
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | Bowler
Home country:
West Indies
October 30, 1962, Kingston


Courtney Walsh played for West Indies for seventeen long years, toiling manfully – only the fourth bowler after Murali, Warne and Kumble to bowl 5000 Test overs – in the company of Curtly Ambrose, and captained the team in 22 Test matches, before also breaking Kapil Dev’s record for the most number of Test wickets. He ended with 519 to his name.

However, it was his gentlemanly spirit that stood out to the fore. In the 1987 World Cup, Walsh refused to run Saleem Jaffar out for backing too far, in turn losing an opportunity to win the match for his team. When he would beat the batsman, there would be no exaggerated lip service, just a raised eye brow, a shake of the head and he would be on his way back to the top of the bowling mark. And though, Walsh did not have the artistry beauty of a Holding, or the pace of Marshall, what he did have was the consistency in bowling delivery after delivery at the same spot and extracting bounce of the wicket due to his height. He had a hat trick to his name which was spread over two innings of a Test against Australia. However, if there was someone who was as bad with the bat as he was good with the ball, it had to be Walsh. His batting would bring a comic relief to those watching him play as his average of 7 and a collection of 40 odd ducks would portray.

Walsh retired at an age of 39, another indicator of the workhorse that he was, and West Indies have found it difficult to find a suitable replacement for him.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 132 185 936 61 7.54 44.82 0 0 30
ODI 205 79 321 33 6.97 71.17 0 0 30
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 132 242 30019 12688 519 7/37 / 24.44 2.53 32 22 3 408
ODI 205 204 10822 6918 227 5/1 / 30.47 3.83 6 1 0 193
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 29 0 2
ODI 27 0 3
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 22 6 7 0 9 27.27
ODI 43 22 20 0 1 51.16


West Indies Vs Australia at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Nov 09, 1984
Last played:
West Indies Vs South Africa at Sabina Park, Kingston - Jamaica - Apr 19, 2001
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka at Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Hobart - Jan 10, 1985
Last played:
West Indies Vs New Zealand at Jade Stadium (Lancaster Park), Christchurch - Jan 11, 2000