Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order. Against Pakistan in 1958, Sobers scored his maiden Test century, progressing to 365 not out and establishing a new record for the highest individual score in an innings, which was not broken until Brian Lara scored 375 in 1994. He was made captain of the West Indies in 1965, a role which he would hold until 1972.
He would also captain a Rest of the World XI during their 1970 tour of England. Overall, Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78, and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03. In his 383 first-class matches, he scored over 28,000 runs and took over 1000 wickets, having spent time with South Australia and Nottinghamshire towards the end of his career.
Sobers was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 for his services to cricket. He became a dual Barbadian-Australian citizen through marriage in 1980. By an act of Parliament in 1998, Sobers was named as one of the ten National Heroes of Barbados.
Full name Garfield St Aubrun Sobers
Born 28 July 1936 (age 77) Bridgetown, Barbados
Nickname Gary (or Garry)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style left-handed batsman (LHB)
Bowling style left-arm fast medium (LFM) slow left-arm orthodox (SLA) slow left-arm chinaman (SLC)
National side West Indies
Test debut 30 March 1954 v England
Last Test 5 April 1974 v England
Only ODI 5 September 1973 v England