Samuel Badree has been an integral part of the West Indies T20s setup since a while now and has surely stamped his authority as one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. Badree features in Dwayne Bravo’s champion song lyrics but holds on that isn’t the only cric cracking fact we have for you. Here are quick interesting facts about the Caribbean spinner:
- Champion In A Literal Way!
Samuel Badree has been a part of 2 victorious West Indian sides in the history of T20I world cups.The Caribbean squad has flagged their authority by winning the prestigious event not once but twice- 2012 (beating Sri Lanka in the finals) and 2016 (defeating England in the decider).
- A T -20 Freelancer
The leggie has played various leagues around the world like the IPL, PSL, CPL, BPL and also brought up his best figures 5/22 in the 2015/16 Big Bash season. Not many physical education teachers(Yeah, you read that right) have won their country world cups but the 35-year old has surely lived up to the Windies latest trend of being pioneers in the shortest format.
- Three To Tango!
Not many are aware of the fact that Badree has played for three different franchises in the IPL- Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and currently Royal Challengers Bangalore.King Kohli and his men would put the onus on this champion spinner to guide RCB to its maiden title triumph. Having almost got their noses to the finishing line, the Bangalore unit powered by Badree will set their sight high this time around.
- A Unique stats
Badree opened the bowling for West Indies in the first 28 games of his T20I career, which is very unusual considering the new ball is mostly given to the fast bowlers to start with. Do you think this record can ever be broken? This has never happened before for 28 games continuously! The fact that the West Indian side consists of some of the most fearsome fast bowlers, Samuel Badree has certainly and surely cemented his ground and the captains surely do have a lot of faith in him.
- Indian connection
Badree was born to an Indo-Trinidadian family.,just like his fellow colleagues- Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin. Apart from the rich culture and history, he must have taken a liking for the spin-friendly pitches here too. He has previously admitted that he loves coming to India.
- On top
Badree claimed the number one position in the ICC bowlers T20 ranking in just after 22 T20I matches. West Indies have always been a dominant force in the T20 circuit, unlike in the other two formats of the game. The likes of Chris Gayle, Simmons, Pollard, Russell and Bravo brothers have always lifted their batting cards, and now you know the man behind the white leather, who acts as the chief architect for the defending champions. Currently, as of 31st march, 2017 Badree holds the number 3 ranking.
- Injuries and Dengue
Since his domestic debut in the year, 2001 Badree has unfortunately been prone to a lot of injuries.He also had to miss the later phase of 2014 due to a shoulder injury and then went on to again get injured right before a bilateral series against Sri Lanka in 2015 as he was down with dengue. Cric Crak hopes that the Windies leggie doesn’t get sidelined again for injury, a craft-man like Badree deserves to play the full throttle.
Cric Crak feels that it is a treat to watch a classic old school leggie display his skills in the middle. Badree has been a part of many champion sides and we will have to wait and see if he can manage to pull one with RCB.