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Ridley Jacobs

Ridley Jacobs
Personal information
Full name
Ridley Detamore Jacobs
Born (1967-11-26) 26 November 1967 (age 56)
Swetes Village, Antigua and Barbuda
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 222)26 November 1998 v South Africa
Last Test29 July 2004 v England
ODI debut (cap 76)26 March 1996 v New Zealand
Last ODI10 July 2004 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.7
Domestic team information
1991–2005Leeward Islands
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 65 147 157 222
Runs scored 2,577 1,865 7,518 3,180
Batting average 28.31 23.31 38.75 25.64
100s/50s 3/14 0/9 17/40 0/16
Top score 118 80* 149 85
Balls bowled 6
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 207/12 160/29 443/33 254/43
Source: CricketArchive, 22 October 2016

Ridley Detamore Jacobs (born 26 November 1967) is a former Antiguan cricketer, who played as a left-handed wicketkeeper batsman for the West Indian cricket team in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was the first opening batsman to carry his bat in the history of Cricket World Cup and was the fourth batsman to do so in a One Day International.[1][2] Jacobs also picked up 219 dismissals in tests along with 189 in ODIs, which is second only to Jeff Dujon, for the Windies in his international career.[3]

International career

He made his Test match debut in 1998 on his 31st birthday, playing in 65 Tests in six years. In this time he took over 200 catches behind the stumps, making him only the second West Indies keeper to achieve the feat (after Jeff Dujon).[4] He also played 147 ODIs. However, he was gradually pushed out of the team during 2004 and 2005, with Courtney Browne and Carlton Baugh, Jr. challenging for his position.

He is widely known for playing a valuable knock as opener scoring unbeaten 49 off 142 balls against Australia at the 1999 Cricket World Cup and became the first ever batsman to carry his bat in a World Cup match, 20 years later at the 2019 Cricket World Cup Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne joined him in the elite list of carrying the bat in Cricket World Cups.[5][2]

Jacobs also jointly holds the world record for taking seven catches in a Test innings, which he achieved against Australia in Melbourne in 2000.[6] He shares the feat with Wasim Bari, Bob Taylor and Ian Smith. Jacobs became the first West Indian to score a century for the West Indies against South Africa in the 2001 test series.[7] He later was named as the stand in captain, in place of Carl Hooper, for the Windies' 2002-03 tour of Bangladesh.[8] He led the Windies to a 2-0 win in the ODI series and a 2-0 sweep of the test series upon the tour.[9][10] During 2004 Jacobs featured in a record breaking partnership, where he scored an unbeaten century and Brian Lara 400 not out, in the fourth test against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua.


  1. ^ "Records | One-Day Internationals | Batting records | Carrying bat through a completed innings |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  2. ^ a b "Karunaratne's record in Sri Lanka's World Cup low". ESPNcricinfo. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  3. ^ "A keeper with 219 Test dismissals and 189 in ODIs, figures only bettered by Jeffrey Dujon for West Indies, Happy Birthday to Ridley Jacobs!". ICC. 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Records | Test matches | Wicketkeeping records | Most dismissals in career |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  5. ^ "World Cup 2019: Dimuth Karunaratne becomes only the second player to carry his bat in a World Cup match". The Indian Express. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  6. ^ "Records | Test matches | Wicketkeeping records | Most dismissals in an innings |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  7. ^ "Ridley Jacobs". Hindustan Times. 29 January 2003.
  8. ^ Nicholas, Derrick (20 November 2002). "Jacobs to lead West Indies in Bangladesh". Cricinfo.
  9. ^ S, Santosh (3 December 2002). "Canny Kapali fails to stave off defeat". Cricinfo.
  10. ^ Vasu, Anand (18 December 2002). "West Indies complete clean sweep with comprehensive win". Cricinfo.
Preceded byCarl Hooper West Indies Test cricket captains 2002/3 Succeeded byBrian Lara
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