The Test at Port of Spain ended in a draw. Speaking of which, the West Indies missed a chance to come close to victory. But, having made his debut, Andy Gantom didn’t want to give up his impression.
When it comes to batting average in cricket, all batsmen are measured by Sir Don Bradman’s scales. The legendary batsman scored runs at an average of 99.94. The world knows that there is no batsman with a better average than him. Even the cricket statistics book says the same. However, there is one man with a better average than Bradman. You may not believe it. But, it is true. Andy Gantum of West Indies has a batting average of 112.
However, here is a twist. Andy Gantam played only one Test in his career. He scored 112 runs in just one innings. He was born on January 22, 1921. That is, he came to earth on this day. Andy Gantum made his international debut in February 1948 in a Test against England at Port of Spain.
1 test, 1 innings, 112 runs, average 112..
The Test at Port of Spain ended in a draw. Speaking of which, the West Indies missed a chance to come close to victory. But, having made his debut, Andy Gantom didn’t want to give up his impression. He opened the first innings for West Indies and scored 112 runs. There were 13 fours in his innings. But after this he did not get a chance to bat in the second innings. West Indies did not get a chance to play another match after that test. Thus his batting average also remained at 112.
Why did he not come to bat in the second innings?
Now two questions arise in your mind. First, why was the batsman who scored a century in the first innings not even sent in to bat, let alone not sent in as the opener in the second innings? So this is an interesting answer. It is said that Gantum started playing slowly after reaching the century. Due to his slow pace, he was not given a chance to open the batting in the second innings of the Port of Spain Test against England.
Why couldn’t he play again after his debut?
The second question is, which test match did Gantam miss again? So the answer was in the then West Indies team. He was given the opportunity to make his Test debut in Port of Spain in place of the injured Stollmayer. However, at that time legends like Everton Weeks, Rohan Kanhai, Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott played in the West Indies team. So he could not play the next match because of them.