West Indies batting legend Sir Everton Weekes passed away at the age of 95 on Wednesday (July 1). Weekes had suffered a heart attack in 2019 and had been unwell since then.
Weekes along with Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell formed the Barbados-born trio, ‘the three Ws’ that dominated world cricket in the post-war era.
After making his debut in 1948, Weekes represented West Indies in 48 Tests, scoring 4455 runs at an incredible average of 58.62 with 15 hundreds.
One of the finest timers of the ball, Weekes aggregated 12,010 runs in 152 first-class matches at an average of 55.34. He smashed 36 hundreds, including the highest score of 304 not out.
Weekes also holds the world record for most number of consecutive hundreds in Test cricket – 5 against England and India in 1948.
“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,” tweeted Cricket West Indies.
After retirement, Everton Weekes continued to serve the game as he played the roles of coach, administrator and match referee. Weekes had coached Canada at the 1979 World Cup.
Weekes was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009. He was awarded a knighthood in 1995.