Sir Clive Lloyd is a former West Indies cricketer who was born on August 31, 1944, in Georgetown, British Guiana. He was a tall and powerful left-handed middle order batsman along with being a part time medium pacer. He is one of the most successful captains of all time.
Clive Lloyd played domestic cricket for British Guiana in 1963-64. His all-round abilities caught the eyes of teams in English county cricket also. He was offered contract from Warwickshire before he decided to play for Lancashire in 1967. His performance in that season helped him to retain his position in the next season (1968) also.
Lloyd first played international cricket for West Indies in a Test against India at Mumbai in 1966. He scored fifties in both the innings and West Indies. He scored 82 and 78 respectively in both innings of his debut match. He, along with Sir Garry Sobers eventually helped West Indies to win that match.
Rise to Glory
In his early career stage, Lloyd reached to his maiden century in a match against England. He later scored another ton against Australia. His performances in these years earned him the honour of being the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1971.
He smashed 1600 runs at an average of 47 for Lancashire during that time. His inning of 126 runs helped his team to win the final of Gillette cup.
In 1974-75, Clive was handed the captaincy of the team in the series against India. During his captaincy era, West Indies was an undefeatable team. He led them to consecutive World Cup title wins in 1975 and 1979. In the 1983 edition, they lost to the Indians in the final.
After his retirement, Lloyd remained heavily in cricket. He was involved in managing the West Indies during the 1990s. Apart from that, he was also associated with commentary and coaching.
He also served as an ICC match referee from 2001-2006. In 2007, Lloyd’s authorized biography,Supercat was published which was written by cricket journalist, Simon Lister.