Lendl-Simmons

Lendl Simmons, born January 25, 1985, is a West Indian talent that is largely unfulfilled at the highest level. While his talent has been evident on numerous occasions, he is yet to establish himself in the side. Shiamak Unwalla lists out 10 interesting things about the batsman.

1. Jack of all trades

Simmons is a venerable jack of all trades; he bowls steady medium-pacers, occasionally keeps wickets, opens the batting, and is a superb fielder.

2. Cricketing family

Lendl is not the first Simmons of his family to play for West Indies. His uncle is former West Indian opener Phil Simmons. Like his uncle, Lendl too opens the batting and bowls part-time medium-pace.

3. T20 player extraordinaire

Simmons had a tremendous year in T20 cricket in 2010. He became the first batsman to score a century in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 followed by a tremendous time at Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in the same year, where he emerged as the man of the tournament.

4. King of his own land

Some people win Phones, others cars or money. Not Simmons! By way of being the man of the series in CPL 2014, he won a piece of land in St. Kitts worth over four millions US dollars.

5. Family man

Simmons has a daughter named Kaylyn, who is the apple of his eye. Simmons believes his happiest moment yet was when she was born. He has called fatherhood his “favourite journey,” and said that seeing his daughter smile is his “greatest joy.”

6. Drug smuggler!?

During the CPL 2014, Simmons was travelling with his team, Guyana Amazon Warriors, when his bat was inspected by customs in the USA. His teammate Jimmy Neesham posted a picture of the bat on Twitter after it had been “checked,” with the caption, “Imagine if your gear went through America and they drilled holes in your bat to look for drugs.”

Simmons’ bat had been drilled to check whether they had drugs in them!

7. Innings of his life

Unfortunately for Simmons, he played the innings of his life in a match that perhaps no one would remember. Coming in at No. 3, he smashed 282 off 381 balls for West Indies A against England XI in a tour game.

8. Beating the board

Simmons was awarded over one million US dollars in damages from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after a run-in with the board for being “rendered jobless” despite having a central contract.

9. Close to his mother

Simmons was raised single-handedly by his mother and has admitted that he admires her more than any other living person.

10. Expensive taste

Simmons has admitted that his one guilty pleasure is indulging himself in Armani Exchange jerseys.

(Shiamak Unwalla is a former reporter with CricketCountry.A self-confessed geek who loves cricket more than cricketers,his Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)