New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Former India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble led the way in paying tribute to legendary West Indies cricketer Everton Weekes after he passed away, aged 95, at his Christ Church home in Barbados on Wednesday.
Tendulkar took to Twitter to pay his respects to Weekes and wrote: “Sir Everton Weekes is no more! Had heard many stories about his batting along with the other legendary 2Ws. You will be missed Sir. Rest in peace.”
Kumble wrote on his Twitter handle: Saddened to hear the passing of WI legend Sir Everton Weekes. Had met him during the ICC conference in Barbados. He remembered a conversation we had during his time as match referee. Condolences to his family and friends.”
Former India batsman V.V.S Laxman tweeted: “Heard about the passing away of West Indies legend Sir Everton Weekes. He was one of the greats of the game. My condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Former England cricketer Michael Atherton also wrote on Twitter: “Very sad to learn about the passing of Sir Everton Weekes. A humble man who wore his greatness lightly.”
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer tweeted: “Heart goes out to the family and friends of Sir Everton Weekes. He is the only Test batsman to score five consecutive Test centuries. He was also part of the famous three W’s of @windiescricket along with West Indies greats Sir Clive Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell. #RIP”.
Weekes made his Test debut at age 22 against England at Kensington Oval in 1948 under the captaincy of George Headley. His final match was against Pakistan in Trinidad a decade later.
In his career, Sir Everton played 48 Test matches and made 4455 runs at an average of 58.61 per innings. This included a world record five consecutive centuries in 1948 – scores of 141 against England in Jamaica, followed by scores of 128, 194, 162 and 101 in India. In his next innings, he made 90.