Dwayne Smith, who was an important member for the West Indies in the limited-overs, turned 37 on Sunday. He represented the West Indies across formats and was born on this day in 1983 at the Saint Michael in Barbados to a christian family. Barbados has unearthed numerous talents for the West Indies and Dwayne Smith was one of them.
It has been three years since Dwayne Smith called curtains on his career. His substantial flourish with the bat and medium-pace in the limited-overs has given the Caribbean nation plenty to cherish. On his day, let us turn back time and look at some of his valuable contributions and lesser known facts.
Dwayne Smith: As a player
The right-handed Dwayne Smith earned his maiden call-up for a Test series against South Africa in 2003-04. The Barbadian was right on the money from the word go as he notched up a century on his Test debut. It was also his only century century in international cricket. Smith could be attributed as a modest cricket with decent runs in limited-overs.
Smith emerged as a better batsman in the top order after he begun his career as a lower-order batsman and played in that role for most of his career. His average when batting in the top order, was better than his ODI average of 18.57, from 105 matches. He picked up 61 wickets in the format, besides scoring 582 runs in T20Is and 320 in Tests. As a medium-pacer, his knack to pull off economical overs, came in hand for the side.
Dwayne Smith: What is he up to now
One aspect about Dwayne Smith is that, he is not largely active on social media, alike most cricketers from the past and present. After calling his time on international career, he continues to ply his trade for T20 tournaments across the world.
The 37-year-old has participated in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Global T20 Canada and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). In the 2019 edition of the CPL, he scored a half-century from six matches, for the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Dwayne Smith: Lesser known facts
Dwayne Smith was recognised by none other than Sir Viv Richards. In a first class season in 2002-03, Smith picked up seven wickets at an average of 28.42. Besides cricket, Smith has a sister named Kerrie and loves to play golf, listen music and drive. He is married to Ayssaa Webster and has a daughter named Niyesha.
His century on Test debut, made him the 11th West Indies cricketer, to achieve the feat. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), while player for Mumbai Indians in 2017, Smith broke the record for most number for ducks surpassing Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal’s record of 24. He was also the man-of-the-match for Islamabad United in the PSL 2016 final, following which, he was retained by the side for the next edition.