Conrad Hunte was one of the batting heroes of the West Indian teams of the 1960s, and with his strong appetite for scoring runs on the leg side; he was actually tipped to become the West Indian captain in 1954. Gary Sobers was awarded the captaincy which disappointed the man, but he continued serving the West Indian cricket for some more years with his aggressive batting.
It was this aggression that saw him getting selected in the Windies team, and hitting his first two deliveries in Tests to the fence, on his way to a debut century. In one of the series against Australia, he scored a mammoth 550 runs without scoring a hundred, which was a record that got broken after almost 30 years. It was also in the same match that Sobers scored his 365*, that Hunte scored his first double century, and shared a partnership of 446 runs.
Post retirement, the devout Christian that Hunte was, he joined Moral Re-Armament (MRA), a Christian organisation promoting absolute moral and ethical standards of behaviour, for the rest of his life. He also helped spread cricket in South Africa post apartheid, and was appreciated the world over for the same. Hunte died of a heart attack while in Australia in 1999 for a conference for MRA.
- West Indies Vs Pakistan at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Jan 17, 1958
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- West Indies Vs India at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) - Jan 13, 1967