Australia is probably the most successful team in both men’s and women’s cricket. But when it comes to history, there was one team that made the Australians struggle a lot: the legendary West Indian team. The period between the 1970s and 1990s was the golden period for the Caribbean team; they produced many legends of the game.
Well, test cricket has been their real strength. Brain Lara has some unmatchable records in this format. He scored some big test hundreds. Two of the four batters with twin triple centuries are from the West Indies. And here, we will talk about the list of West Indian batters with the most double centuries in test cricket.
Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket for West Indies
5. Seymour Nurse – 2 Double Hundreds
Former West Indian middle-order batter Seymour Nurse played for nine years for the West Indies between 1960 and 1969. He started pretty slow in his career but later had a number of match-winning performances. Nurse played 29 tests and scored 2523 runs at an average of 47.60, with a best of 258. He also scored six centuries, including two double hundreds and 10 half-centuries.
4. Viv Richards – 3 Double Hundreds
There were many legendary bowlers that came through the ranks for the West Indies, but when it comes to batting, Viv Richards is at the top. The right-hander was ahead of the other batters in his era. He was one of the reasons that the West Indies became world champions and was unbeatable. Richards played 121 tests and scored 8540 runs at an average of 50.23, with 24 centuries and 45 half-centuries. He scored three double centuries, with a best of 291.
3. Chris Gayle – 3 Double Hundreds
The “Universe Boss,” Chris Gayle, was more known for his explosive batting in white-ball cricket. But his red-ball record was also better. The left-hander played 103 tests in his career and scored 7214 runs at an average of 42.18. He also scored 15 centuries, which included two triple tons and three double tons, for a best of 333. Gayle is one of four batters with two triple centuries.
2. Gordon Greenidge – 4 Double Hundreds
Former West Indian opener Gordon Greenidge made a century (107) on his debut test in November 1974 against India. It started a legendary career. Then he also scored a century in his 100th test. Overall, Greenidge played 108 tests and scored 7558 runs at 44.72, with a best of 226. He also scored 19 centuries and 34 half-centuries during his career, including four double hundreds.
1. Brian Lara – 9 Double Hundreds
Sachin Tendulkar had the most runs and centuries in test cricket, but when it comes to the best batters in test cricket, Brain Lara was not less than him. The legendary left-hander made his when he played an innings of 375 runs in 1994. Ten years later, he scored 400 not out to create history. No other batter has reached that figure, and Lara was good at scoring Daddy centuries. He played 131 tests and scored 11953 runs at 52.88, with a best of 400 not out. Lara scored 34 centuries, and nine of them were double centuries.