It's not just the figures associated with his name that are awesome. The feats he performed with bat and ball -and while fielding - are of the mind-boggling and eye-rubbing variety. Not surprisingly, he was voted second to Don Bradman in Wisden's list of greatest cricketers of the 20th century.
In his first few Tests, Sobers remained just another promising cricketer with his bowling attracting more attention than his batting.
Then, in March 1958, against Pakistan at Kingston, he notched up his maiden century and stretched this to 365 not out. Not only was this the highest individual score in Test matches - beating Len Hutton's famous 364 nearly 20 years before - it was also clear that from now on his batting would attract more attention.
But while his batting improved - enough for him to be ranked as the best in the world - Sobers did not neglect his bowling. In fact, he worked on it so well that by 1960 he was the leading all-rounder in the world, ahead even of Alan Davidson. Moreover, he had added new skills to his repertoire as a bowler and now could bowl fast medium, orthodox left-arm slow and even the Chinaman.
Throughout the sixties, Sobers did enough to warrant the supreme elevation - from the greatest all-rounder of his time to the greatest all-rounder of all time.
Image: Sobers seen in action against England in the 1973 Lord's Test.
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