Sulieman Benn Biography
Sulieman Benn is a West Indies cricketer, born on 22nd July 1981 in Barbados. Standing over 6 feet and 7 inches, Sulieman is also known as ‘big ben’ among his friends.
Although built like a fast bowler, Benn bowls orthodox left arm spin and also comes handy with the bat. Amidst controversies, Sulieman established himself as one of West Indies’ most reliable spinner in years.
Benn started playing for his home side, Barbados from 1999 at the age of 17. In his maiden first division tournament, he put up a great performance, picking up 77 wickets in 13 matches at a brilliant average of 11.03.
Using his height as advantage he can whip up some piercing Yorkers and produce bounce to trouble the batsmen.
Sulieman had to grit his teeth in the West Indian domestic circuit for several years before the Carib Beer Cup in 2007-2008, where his potential was discovered by the selectors.
Following a brilliant record in the Carib Beer Cup, Benn was called up for the national squad in 2008. He played his debut Test match against Sri Lanka at the age of 27, scoring 28 in the first innings, as well as scalping 3 wickets in the second innings.
He made his ODI debut a month later against the same team but went without a wicket or runs.
His T20 debut also came in the same year in the Australia tour of West Indies. Ben did not impress much with the ball and did not get a chance to bat.
He was dropped from the side after a poor debut but was called back for the Test series against England in 2009.
Rise to Glory
Following a poor debut, Benn, however, announced his arrival in the England series in early 2009. Bowling flat due to his round-arm action, Benn amassed 8 wickets in the first test helping his team win the match. In the Test series against Australia, Benn collected his first five-wicket haul.
Benn through the South African batting order in home series in 2010. He piled up 15 wickets in three matches at an average of 30.6. His career best of 6/81 came during the third of this series.
Poor performance by West Indies in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, coupled with his disciplinary problems led to Benn being dropped from the squad. He made his comeback in 2014 and impressed everyone by taking 34 wickets in his first eight tests. He was then included in the side for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Not shy of confronting other players, Benn was involved in spats throughout his career. He came under scrutiny after a heated argument with Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson in a test in 2009. Benn was banned for 2 matches after being found guilty of breaking the spirit of the game.
In 2010, he was sent off the field by his own captain, Chris Gayle after he refused to bowl on the wicket. In South Africa’s tour of West Indies in 2010, Benn was involved with yet another incident with Dale Steyn who spit on the latter’s feet after being continuously sledged.
Consequently, Benn was dropped from the side in 2011 due to his continuing disciplinary problems.
Sulieman Benn holds the records of being the only bowler to have bowled 2 maiden overs in a T20 international match. He achieved this feat against Zimbabwe, finishing with 4 wickets for 6 runs.
He also holds the record for the highest 10th wicket partnership in a T20 World Cup along with Nikita Miller.