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Full Name Curtly Ambrose
Born September 21, 1963
Swetes Village
Age 56 Years, 10 Months, 19 Days
National Side West Indies
Batting Style Left Handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Batting Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA, World Cup - NA
Bowling Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA, World Cup - NA
Teams Played West Indies, Antigua and Barbuda, Leeward Islands, Northamptonshire, Sachins Blasters
Man of the Match Test - 14, ODI - 6, World Cup - 1,
Career Span [Test, 1988 - 2000], [ODI, 1988 - 2000], [World Cup, 1992 - 1999],

With an imposing frame standing at a towering 6ft 7ins, Curtly Ambrose was a terrifying sight for any batsman, even from 22 yards away. The right-arm fast bowler is not just one of the greatest from the land of the Caribbean but also a celebrated icon on the world stage. Christened, ‘Little Bird’, he soared to dizzying heights, breaking numerous records to become one of the leading wicket-takers of all time.

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Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 98 145 29 1439 53 v AUS 0 1 172 12 12.40 46.72 18 0
ODI 176 96 36 639 31* v PAK 0 0 39 10 10.65 64.87 45 0
World Cup 17 10 2 48 15* v SL 0 0 3 1 6.00 53.93 1 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 179 3683.5 1001 8501 405 8/45 v ENG 26 22 20.99 2.30 54.57
ODI 175 1558.5 193 5429 225 5/17 v AUS 14 4 24.12 3.48 41.56
World Cup 17 164.3 21 499 24 3/28 v ZIM 2 0 20.79 3.03 41.12

Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose Profile

With an imposing frame standing at a towering 6ft 7ins, Curtly Ambrose was a terrifying sight for any batsman, even from 22 yards away. The right-arm fast bowler is not just one of the greatest from the land of the Caribbean but also a celebrated icon on the world stage. Christened, ‘Little Bird’, he soared to dizzying heights, breaking numerous records to become one of the leading wicket-takers of all time.

Ambrose’s contribution to West Indies cricket in an era that followed a legion of fast bowling greats was remarkable to say the least. He made his Test debut in 1988, joining a team which had a number of stalwarts like Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh. This simply meant that he had to learn quickly.

The “Little Bird” wasn’t the greatest swinger of the cricket ball but more than made up with unswerving accuracy. His height gave him the ability to get the ball to rise steeply off a good length, besides bowling bouncers at will. His brisk run-up & fast action added to his sting. His best performance in terms of most wickets in an innings was an 8 for 45 against England in 1990 but there were other unforgettable outings too. Ambrose seemed to be on top of his game whenever he played England and in 34 Tests against them, he picked 164 wickets. His appetite for wickets was a big strength and an overall tally of over 400 scalps speaks for itself.

Barring a one-off Test 50 to his name, the Antiguan was a disaster with a bat in his hand! At the fag-end of his career, his bowling too lacked pace, but he retained the ability to consistently hit the right areas which was the secret behind his efficiency and the low economy rates that he managed to maintain. His formidable partnership with Courtney Walsh – another noteworthy highlight of his career- was one that any bowling pair would envy. The two pacers prowled through the cricket world in-tandem, terrorizing batsmen across the globe during the nineties.

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