During the first half of his career Courtney Walsh served as the stock bowler in the famous West Indies bowling attack, which comprised the likes Marshall, Joel Garner and later Ambrose. But following the retirements of Marshall and Garner, he took up the role of opening bowler alongside Ambrose.He shared 421 Test wickets with Ambrose in 49 matches.
This bowling pair was certainly the most lethal of all time.Having played 132 Test matches for West Indies and 205 ODI’s, Walsh became the first bowler to cross the barrier of 500 Test wickets. He also held the record for most wickets by a bowler in Test match cricket after he broke India’s Kapil dev record tally of 434 wickets. Walsh ended his career with 519 wickets.On his 53rd birthday ES brings you a collection of his top bowling performances. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
5) 5-54 & 4-40 Vs India, 1987
The test series began at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, New Delhi and West Indies stormed to a comfortable victory. In the second Test match, India batted first and got off to a flying start thanks to a breezy innings from opening batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who made 71, hitting eleven fours and a six.Walsh was brought on as a change bowler and he didn’t take much time to get his first scalp as he dismissed Srikkanth’s opening partner Arun Lal. Walsh struck again a couple overs later, dismissing Mohinder Amarnath for just 1.
He was not done yet as he returned back to pick the key wicket of Srikkanth as the tail-enders failed to put up a fight. India were all-out for 281 inside 68 overs. West Indies gained a handy lead of 56 runs in the first innings. He took 4 more wickets in second innings to put the visitors on top. But for the loss through rain of 613 minutes (156 overs) on the first three days, the second being totally blank, West Indies would surely have won.