The great New Zealand left-hander came to India in 1955-56 with a lofty reputation and he lived up to it scoring 611 runs in the five Tests with a century at Hyderabad and a double century at New Delhi, both unbeaten.
He had not finished with the Indian bowling. Nine years later he was back at the age of 41 and still scored 274 runs in four Tests with an unbeaten 151 at Calcutta.
With a tally of 885 runs from nine Tests at an average of over 68, he takes his place among the most successful batsmen to visit India.GARY SOBERS
It was always on the cards that Sobers would be a success on Indian pitches given his enviable record and it is no surprise to note that in two tours (1958-59 and 1966-67) he ran up a tally of 899 runs in eight Tests at an average of virtually 100 with hundreds in three successive matches on the first trip.
On the second tour he topped the half-century mark in every one of his five innings. It is another matter that he also took 24 wickets.
Sobers also took a heavy toll of Indian bowlers in two contests in the Caribbean in 1962 and 1971.In Image: Brian Lara of the West Indies receives a trophy from Sir Garfield Sobers to commemorate his record breaking 27th test century for a West Indian Batsman during the second day of the second test against South Africa April 9, 2005 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
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