Windies' Highest Impact ODI Players

Sir Vivian Richards dominates West Indies' impact charts.

These are the highest impact ODI bowlers in West Indies' history:

As expected, the list is made up of as many as 9 West Indian fast bowlers. The usual suspects for the most part, surely. The only all-rounder and the spinner on this list is Carl Hooper, who remarkably has made it to all the three lists.

Joel Garner and Michael Holding unsurprisingly head this list. The failure rates for both (23 and 26 respectively) are very low and show the exceptional level of consistency in their performances. The West Indian dominance in that period can be gauged by the fact that both of them used to bowl in tandem with the new ball. Their career Bowling IMPACT actually puts both of them amongst the four highest impact bowlers in ODI history.

Note: If we were to reduce minimum qualification for this list to 50 matches instead of 75, Andy Roberts (56 matches, 2.96) would be West Indies' highest impact bowler in its ODI history and the 4th highest impact bowler in ODI history.

These are the highest impact players in all bowling parameters.

When it comes to Top/Middle-order Wickets Tally IMPACT (wickets taken from nos. 1-7 in most cases), the highest impact bowlers are Joel Garner, Ian Bishop and Michael Holding.

Lower-order Wickets Tally IMPACT (batsmen nos. 8-11) - highest impact bowlers are Dwayne Bravo, Michael Holding and Ian Bishop.

The highest Economy IMPACT bowlers (lowest economy rates relative to all the matches in their careers) are Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose and Michael Holding.

The highest impact Partnership-breaking bowlers are Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and (interestingly) Phil Simmons.

The bowlers with the highest Pressure Building IMPACT (taking quick wickets to put opposition under pressure) are Michael Holding, Mervyn Dillon and Ian Bishop.

The bowlers with the lowest failure rate (a failure is seen in this system as an inability to register an IMPACT of even 1 in a match) are Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Curtly Ambrose.

The Highest Impact Bowling Performances in West Indies' ODI history:

Top 3 Bowling Innings (Series/tournament context):

1. J Garner - 5 for 31 in 10 overs v Australia, Melbourne, 1984 - Bowling IMPACT 6.92

In this third final of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup, Australia were jolted early by the loss of Kepler Wessels and Allan Border and were tottering at 23-2 due to Garner's fiery brand of pace bowling. When he returned for his next spell, Australia had stabilised themselves to a score of 185-5 but the "Big Bird" KOd them again, as Australia collapsed to 212-8 in 50 overs. In reply, West Indies easily chased down the target with six wickets to spare.

2. MA Holding - 5 for 26 in 10 overs v Australia, Sydney, 1985 - Bowling IMPACT 6.68

If it was Garner who won them the World Championship series in 1983-84, Michael Holding made sure the trophy stayed with the West Indians in the 1984-85 series. In a devastating spell of fast bowling he tore open the Australian middle order. When Holding came in to bowl, Australia were 51-1, when he left they were reeling at 89-7. Needless to say West Indies wrapped up the chase with 7 wickets to spare.

3. BD Julien - 4 for 27 in 12 overs v New Zealand, London, 1975 - Bowling IMPACT 5.96

In this 1975 World Cup semi-final encounter, Bernard Julien crashed through the defences of the New Zealand batsmen who were busy adjusting against the speed and bounce of Andy Roberts. Caught unawares, New Zealand collapsed from a comfortable position of 125-4 to 139-7 and eventually could muster up only 158. In reply West Indies finished off the match with five wickets in hand and secured their passage to the final.  

The above performances are all within the series/tournament context. The highest impact bowling performance within a match context in West Indies' ODI history is Colin Croft's 6-15 v England (St Vincent, 1981). Patrick Patterson's 6-29 v India (Nagpur, 1987) and Winston Davis' 7-51(Best bowling figures in ODI at that time) v Australia (Leeds, 1983) are the next highest impact bowling performances in a match context.

So, these are the highest impact players in West Indies' ODI history, seen through Impact Index. Not surprisingly, the "Fire in Babylon" West Indies much more prominent here than those from later teams.

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