But for a runout , Everton Weekes Would Have this Unbeatable Record….By Paramdeep

Everton DeCourcy Weekes, known as Sir Everton Weeks died at the age of 95 on July 1 at his hometown Barbados after a long battle with ill health. Sir Everton Weeks along with Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott,  formed what was known as “The Three Ws” of the West Indies cricket team.
Former Australian skipper Richie Benaud believed Weekes was the closest in style to Sir Donald Bradman of any other batsman at the time. Like Sir Donald, Weekes kept the ball on the ground, hitting just two sixes in his mighty Test career. Named after English football club Everton, Weekes also represented Barbados in football, while his son David Murray played 19 Tests for the Windies as a wicketkeeper-batsman.
Sir Everton Weekes made his test debut against England in January 1948 and went on to play 48 matches for West Indies. He scored 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61. He pilled up 15 hundreds and 19 fifties with a highest score of 207 to his name. His last Test was in 1958, against Pakistan at Port-of-Spain. He retired from Test cricket  due to a persistent thigh injury but continued to play first-class cricket until 1964. His final first-class match was against Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of-Spain, where he scored 19 and 13. In 152 first-class matches, the right-hand batsman scored over 12,000 runs. 
In 1948, Sir Weekes achieved a unique feat of scoring five consecutive Test hundreds. It could have been six in a row but, he was controversially run out for 90 in Madras. The stunning start to his career saw him reach the 1000-run milestone in just 12 innings, a record he still shares with England great Herbert Sutcliffe. The average of sir Everton remains in the top 10 career averages for a player with more than 4,000 runs.
Yet due to the era in which he played, his career was affected by a racial controversy. Weekes, despite his greatness as a cricketer, he never captained West Indies. Headley became the team’s first black captain for one Test in 1948 but it was not until Worrell in 1960 that West Indies appointed their second non-white skipper; after Weekes’ career had ended. Sir Everton bore the injustice with typical good grace.
After retiring from the game, Weekes served cricket as an ICC match referee. He officiated in four Tests and three ODIs. He was also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. He was honoured by the Barbados Gold Crown of Merit. In 1995, Weekes was made a Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to cricket.
Cricket West Indies paid tribute to Weekes, tweeting: “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace. The Barbadian was the favourite of Every West Indian cricket fan. RIP and Thank you Sir Everton. You will be missed.


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