By Melroy Stephenson
On this day June 7th, 1975 International Cricket bid farewell to its record holder for most Test wickets at the point of his retirement; Guyana’s Lancelot Richard Gibbs.
He was the first spinner, the first West Indian, and the second bowler in the history of the game to take more than 300 Test wickets.
Gibbs collected these wickets at the remarkably economical rate of 1.98 runs per over. His catching and reflexes were also spectacular especially in the gully area, where he took most of his 52 catches in Test cricket.
The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) player also enjoyed a successful career in the English county circuit with Warwickshire. He was selected Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1972 and is also the cousin of arguably the greatest Captain the game of cricket as ever seen- Clive Hubert Lloyd.