Shane Omari Dowrich, the 24-year-old West Indies and Barbados player has recently taken over glove work from the out of favor, former West Indies captain and wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin and he has shown so far that he is no misfit.
He made his first class debut for Barbados against Guyana in the Four Day Regional Competition at the tender age of 18.
He also boasts a first class average of 37.34 with a highest score of 131 not out.
Dowrich honed his cricket skills early, playing for Combermere Secondary School as well as representing the West Indies at the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
In addition, he played in England for Sefton Park in the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition, scoring two centuries as he totaled 733 league runs at an average of 52.35 during the 2012 English season.
He received his call up for West Indies when in May 2015 he was named in the 14-man Test squad to face Australia
He made an impressive start on his Test debut against Australia at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica
After conceded a lead of 170 in the first innings, West Indies were in a bind at 3/37. He and Marlon Samuels added 144 runs for the fourth wicket before a collapse led West Indies to 216 all out thus surrendering the game to cricket king-pin, Australia.
Over the last two years in first-class cricket, Dowrich averaged 50.18. He struck three centuries and seven fifties in that period, including his career-best of an unbeaten 131.
West Indies comeback from what was turning out to be certainly a defeat in their second Test against India owed its position in part to the diminutive wicket-keeper batsman, Dowrich.
He is one of the few West Indies batsmen so far who has shown any ability to cope with India’s spinners.
His 144-run sixth wicket stand with Roston Chase pulled West Indies out of deep trouble.
Dowrich strongly believes the West Indies team can go on to even the series.
“Personally, I back my preparation, so I’m doing a lot of work in the nets with spin bowling so I back my preparation to perform when I go in the middle,” said Dowrich.
He also posited that the pitch in St Lucia is good for batting while at the same time offering something for the bowlers.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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