Lendl Mark Platter Simmons is a West Indies cricketer, who is primarily a right-handed batsman. He is also a part time wicket-keeper. He is an opening batsman and a clean striker of the ball, who has the ability to quickly take the game away from the opposition.
He was born on 25 January 1985 in Port Of Spain, Trinidad. Simmons has shown his worth as a batsman in limited overs format, especially in the T20 format and is a hot pick for various T20 franchises around the world.
Simmons is a nephew of former West Indian all-rounder Phil Simmons. He showed his talent as a junior cricketer and made it to the West Indies Under-19 team.
He represented the country at the 2002 ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He scored 222 runs in seven matches at an average of 55.50, including a solitary hundred.
He again represented his country at the 2004 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh and scored 219 runs in eight matches at 27.37. He also took five wickets at 31.80.
Simmons represented Trinidad and Tobago in first-class cricket and made his debut in the 2001 first-class season.
Simmons made his international debut in an ODI against Pakistan at Faisalabad in December 2006. He opened the innings and was out for a duck on his debut. However, he scored 70 runs off 130 balls in his next match against Pakistan.
He then made his T20I debut against England at The Oval in June 2007 and scored nine runs off 12 balls. A brilliant inning of 282 runs against England A saw him making his test debut against England at Port Of Spain in March 2009. He scored a total of 32 runs in the match.
Rise to Glory
Simmons’ career has been plagued with inconsistency but there have been many high points in his career. After making his ODI debut, he played a couple of low scoring innings.
He scored his maiden ODI hundred against Bangladesh at Dhaka which was an innings of 122 runs off 124 balls. In 2011, he scored a total of 792 runs at 49.50, including one hundred and eight fifties in 17 ODI matches.
He became a regular member of the West Indies T20 team because of his prolific performances in the T20 leagues around the world. He played a crucial inning of 82 runs off 51 balls in the final of the 2016 ICC World T20 against India in Mumbai and single-handedly took the game away from India.
Simmons is a prolific T20 batsman and plays for various T20 leagues around the world. In 2014, Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians brought Simmons as a replacement for Jalaj Saxena and he went on to scored 394 runs in eight matches at 56.28, including one hundred and three fifties.
He played a crucial role in taking the team to victory in the eighth edition of the IPL. He played for the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League in 2016.