Former West Indies cricket legend Sir Everton Weekes passed away as he succumbed to his prolonged illness at 95-years-old.
Last year, Sir Everton Weekes had suffered from a heart attack by June of last year. The complications had kept him ill and had indeed taken the life of the last member of the legendary three W’s. At the age of 95, he died inside his Christ Church home in Barbados.
Looking back at his career, Weekes was considered to be a part of the legendary three W’s along with Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell. The three of them all had their career debut in the early months of 1948 and had all went to have outstanding careers.
Weekes, undeniably, was the best batsman among the three. Despite not doing anything remarkable on his debut against England, he went on with five consecutive centuries, one against England and four against India. He could have gone on with a sixth one but he failed to do so after he had been run-out for 90 in a match against Madras.
Prior to his debut in the international cricket scene, he was already participating in first-class cricket where he had appeared for 152 times and had bagged 36 tons and had scored a total of 12,010 runs at an average of 55.34.
At the age of 33, a thigh injury had caused him to retire. During that time, he had already played a total of 48 Tests and had scored 4,455 runs, inclusive of 15 centuries, at an average of 58.62. After his retirement, he then proceeded to be a cricket commentator, coach, and referee.
On Twitter, Cricket West Indies shared their condolences for the bereaved family of Weekes. They tweeted, ‘Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace’.
CWI president Ricky Skerritt also shared his condolences by saying, 'I'd like to add my public recognition of Sir Everton's amazing legacy. He was both a great cricketer and a cricket human being. He was the last of the famous Three Ws to pass to the great beyond. He was the most amazing man. And one of the most humble and decent and wonderful people you would ever have met’.
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