How would Garry Sobers have fared in T20 cricket?

Collis King (9 Tests, 18 ODIs)

Collis was one of those guys who was really aggressive at the crease, but he had a really good technique. He wasn’t just about slogging it all about, he had a really good defence and was a complete batsman. But he just loved to hit it over the top, and never more brilliantly than in the World Cup final in 1979, when he even outscored Sir Viv! Amazingly he’s still playing at the age of 67. His knees may have gone but his eye has never gone!

Cammie Smith (5 Tests, 0 ODIs)

Cammie once made 300 in a club game in Barbados, and I think he got off the mark with a six in Test cricket. When he was playing in the 1960s, he was an opening batsman with a difference, a guy who wanted to score from the start, and though he only played five Tests, four of those were on the legendary 1960-61 tour of Australia, including his debut in the tied Test at Brisbane. He was a player that people just wanted to come and see.

Philo Wallace (7 Tests, 33 ODIs)

Woah, he would have been a super player! T20 cricket would just be right up his street. Philo is a non-nonsense guy, a big strong fella from the St James area, so I know him well. He believed in hitting the ball, and he was a very good hitter of the ball! I remember him demolishing England in a Test match in Antigua in 1998. Hitting over the top with the field up, he’d have loved that!

David Holford (24 Tests, 0 ODIs)

David was my captain when I first played for Barbados in 1977, and apart from being a fine legbreak and googly bowler, he was a very good leader. He read the game really well and was very knowledgeable. But he could also bat too even though it wasn’t the main part of his game. He put on a huge partnership with Garry Sobers at Lord’s in 1966, and is even on the honours board for his century.

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