Phil Simmons Biography
Phil Simmons is a former international cricketer who played for West Indies from 1987 to 1999.
He was born on 18 April 1963 on Arima, Trinidad. He was a right-handed opening batsman and a right arm medium pace bowler.
He also served as the coach of various teams like Zimbabwe, Ireland and his national team West Indies.
In his early days, Simmons lived in the neighbourhood of Larry Gomes, a former West Indian cricketer. He used to play many sports but cricket always stood out for him. He started playing regional cricket for East Zone. He made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in 1983.
He was a prominent first-class player and played for many teams like Trinidad and Tobago, Durham and Leicestershire. In 1996, he helped his side Leicestershire to win the County Championship by scoring 1244 runs and taking 56 wickets.
After playing first-class cricket for six years, Simmons made his test debut against India in 1988 at Chennai. The debut didn’t turn out to be great as he scored only 8 and 14 runs in the respective innings.
He was more of a one-day player having made his debut in the 1987 World Cup. He scored 50 runs off 57 balls in his debut match against Pakistan. He continued his good start in the next match against Sri Lanka where he scored 89 runs.
Rise to Glory
Simmons was struck on the head by a delivery from David Lawrence in 1988. It was one of the deadliest injuries on a cricket field but he showed his perseverance and came back strong in international cricket.
He scored 110 runs against Sri Lanka in a World Cup match in 1992. He won the player of the series award in the 1993 Champions trophy for scoring 330 runs.
He is remembered for his magical spell against Pakistan in December 1992 where he registered figures of 10-8-3-4.
Simmons played 207 matches in his first-class career but he couldn’t adapt in the colours of test cricket both as a bowler and a batsman.
Simmons holds the record of most economical bowling in an ODI by a bowler completed his quota of overs. He registered an economy rate of 0.30 against Pakistan in 1992.
Simmons retired from international cricket after playing in the 1999 World Cup match against Australia on 30 May.