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Ian Bishop

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
West Indies
Roles played:
Home country:
West Indies
October 24, 1967, Belmont, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad


Going by his appearance Ian Bishop looks no less than a gentle clergyman but with the red cherry in his hand, he was one of the most menacing fast bowlers in the history of cricket.

Rated by many as the finest fast bowlers in his prime, few were faster and more destructive on batting line-ups than Bishop. The Belmont-born pacer stepped into the international cricket arena in 1988, in an ODI against England, picking up 2 wickets on debut. In the following year, he made his Test debut against India. Bowling at a menacing pace around 95 miles an hour from a very early age took a toll on him. In 1991, after suffering stress fractures in his back he was forced to change his action, from an orthodox side-on to a more front-on. The change barely affected the giant’s pace and the legendary away swing.

By the time he was 26, the recurring back injury took its toll again, following which he lost much of his potency with the ball. From the 43 matches he played, he mustered 161 wickets at a commendable average of 24.27. Finally, Bishop ended his injury plagued career in a Test in 1998, against England.

Fast Facts

  • Bishop reached 100 wickets in only 21 matches.
  • Despite being a bowler primarily, he has two first-class centuries to his name.
  • Post retirement, Ian Bishop took up commentary on international cricket matches.
  • In between commentating on cricket, he studied for an MBA at the University of Leicester in 2004-2005.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 43 63 632 11 12.15 34.16 0 0 48
ODI 84 44 405 19 16.2 55.47 0 0 33*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 43 76 8407 3911 161 6/40 / 24.29 2.79 6 6 0 157
ODI 84 83 4332 3127 118 5/25 / 26.5 4.33 7 2 0 121
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 8 0 0
ODI 12 0 2


West Indies Vs India at Bourda Oval, Georgetown - Guyana - Mar 25, 1989
Last played:
West Indies Vs England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados - Mar 12, 1998
West Indies Vs England at Headingley, Leeds - May 21, 1988
Last played:
West Indies Vs Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore Stadium), Lahore - Nov 04, 1997