John Holder on Bravo, Pollard & Sammy

24th December 2014

Overthrows  – backing up strong returns

Hi David,

Today I read an editorial on the Barbados Today website which really sums up the state of West Indies cricket. Three senior West Indies players have horrendous playing records. The statistics bear out my claim that the standard of play in the Caribbean is poor.

Dwayne Bravo has played 64 ODIs. He has scored under 3000 runs at an average of 25.36 and taken 199 wickets at just under 30.

About six years ago Bravo played for Kent as their overseas player. I umpired him in a county match at Trent Bridge against Notts and was appalled at how mediocre a player he was. His captain, Rob Key told me that he was also disappointed in his attitude and performance.  

Kieron Pollard’s record is poor too. In 91 ODIs he has scored 2050 runs at 25. This is shocking for someone who is regarded as a match winner. He is big and strong and is a big hitter if the ball is pitched up. Bowlers have worked him out and bowl short at his body, where he is like a fish out of water. This was clearly demonstrated when he first played for Somerset in the T20 Final when an ageing Dominic Cork bouncer smashed him over the eye and out of the match.

Sammy is a lovely person and a big hearted player but he is also a mediocre player like the other two. In 115 ODIs he averages 23.61 with the bat and has taken 79 wickets at 44.25.

At International level the above statistics are horrendous. The best one can say is that they are mediocre. No wonder the only teams West Indies can beat are Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe!!



John Holder is a highly respected former international umpire, who stood in Tests & ODIs between 1988-2001, and in 1st-class cricket from 1982-2009. He was also the innovative mind behind the introduction of the ‘bowl-out’ to settle washed out one-day games.


One thought on “John Holder on Bravo, Pollard & Sammy

  1. @pktroll

    I am afraid some fans these days get starstruck at the big sixes they see these players hit in the multitude of t20 leagues that are played around the world. Many a player without a remotely full skills set gets to look very good and get paid very well by slapping a few sixes around. This isn’t just specific to Windies cricket but Windies probably suffer inordinately compared to the rest these days.

    I’m disappointed with Bravo though, when he was a youngster he looked to have plenty about him as a batsman and bowler. However I understand (and you will no doubt have a better grip on this than me) that he has barely played any first class cricket in the West Indies for some years. It therefore is of no surprise that his skills didn’t sufficiently develop. I think Sammy has made the most of his modest talent to be fair. As for Pollard he probably left for the t20 leagues before he could develop his skills properly


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