Garfield ‘St Auburn’ Sobers was born on July 28, 1936 at Bridgetown, Barbados. Sobers took interest in sports at a very young especially in games like football, cricket and basketball. But he began concentrating more on cricket when he was selected for the Wanderers Club team playing in the BCA (Barbados Cricket Association) league. Here he gained lot of experience by bowling to various senior players including West Indies Test player Denis Atkinson. He made his first-class debut at the age of 16 in January 1953. He impressed immediately by taking a 7 wickets over the span of two innings. This was the start of the one of the greatest Careers in cricket history.
In his second first-class match, he was up against the touring Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) from England. He was able to score 46 and 27 against an international team and also take two wickets in the match. This performance got the young Sobers a place in the national team after just two first-class performances. In his debut test in March 1954, he was able to score a total of 40 runs and take 4 wickets in the two innings. He got his next major chance against Australia where his new role was that of opening batsmen. For the first time Sobers played to his full ability and was scoring fours at will off Australia’s fastest bowlers.
In 1955, he scored a total of 200 runs and took 8 wickets against Australia in the 5 match series. Now he had consolidated his place in the side as a batsman and part-time bowler. Sobers was a permanent fixture in the team but was unable to take his good starts and convert them into match-winning performances. From 1957, Sobers career took a huge upward curve as he was able to scored 2,250 runs in 24 tests at an average of 93.75 and that too without a century. He was able to score his first century against Pakistan in 1958, but went on to extend it to an unbelievable 365 not out. He reached his first three digit score by breaking the World Record of 364, set by Len Hutton 1938.