Jeff Dujon Biography
Born on 28th May 1956 in Kingston, Jamaica, Jeff Dujon is a former West Indies international cricketer. In a decade long career, he has played 81 Test matches for the Windies team and has the distinction of never being part of a losing series.
Known for his agile wicket keeping and reliable lower order batting, Jeff has also played 169 ODIs and 411 domestic matches.
Peter Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Leroy Dujon was born and grew up in a cricketing environment. His father, Leroy, was an opening batsman for the state team. Jeff’s education, sporting as well as academic, was received at a school with a long and celebrated cricket tradition, Wolmer's, in Kingston.
He received training at the Sabina Park- West Indies’ cricket ground and was the eighth alumni from his school to play international cricket.
Dujon had to wait for a long time to get the national team call up. Initially starting as a wicket keeper, he began to bat in the lower order to have a crack at the already strong middle order of the West Indies cricket team.
Jeff made his first ODI debut on December 5, 1981, against Pakistan. His test debut came soon after when he was selected for West Indies tour of Australia.
Jeff didn’t perform exceptionally well in his debut, but his consistent display behind the wickets ensured him a spot in the team.
Rise to Glory
Jeff played international cricket for over a decade. In the test against Australia in 1984-85, he hit his career best of 139 runs after coming in to bat at number seven, helping his side to victory from 186-6.
Dujon was well known for his one-handed catches and his ability to deal with the pacers in the West Indies team. In the 81 test matches he has played, he has amassed a total of 272 dismissals, with 297 catches and five stumpings.
His batting records are at a respectable 3322 runs, including five centuries and 16 half-centuries.
Jeff's Record in Numbers
Jeff has had an impressive 469 dismissals in first-class cricket (447 catches, 22 stumpings) and has nearly scored 10,000 runs in 211 matches.
He was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers in 1989.
Dujon retired from international cricket in 1992. He is working as the coach for the Jamaican youth team and commentates on matches as well.
He was instrumental in the setting up of West Indies Players’ Association and is a likely candidate to join the administration in the times to come.