Lancelot Richard Gibbs is one of the most successful spin bowlers in the history of test cricket. He hails from Guyana and played for the West Indies cricket team. Gibbs was a right handed batsman and a right armed off break bowler. Although not a good batsman, Gibbs was a exceptional bowler who had a good economy rate.
Gibbs made his debut in first class cricket in 1953-54 when he was selected to play against MCC at the ground of Bourda. He played for MCC for a few more years for British Guiana and his excellent form of performance earned him a place in the national team of West Indies.
He played his first test against Pakistan in 1958 but went wicketless in his debut match. The match that proved to be a turning point in his career was the 1960-61 tour to Australia. He took 19 wickets at an average of 20.78 in just three tests. Gibbs’ one day match debut came in quite late in 1973 against England.
Throughout his career, Gibbs played 330 first class matches and 54 List A matches both with bowling averages of 27.22 and 25.26 respectively. Off his 79 test matches, Gibbs grabbed 309 wickets at an average of 20.09. His best bowling figures for a test match remain at 8 wickets for 38 runs. Gibbs has the privilege of taking 5 wickets in a test match on 18 occasions and 10 wickets in a test match on 2 occasions.
Post retirement from playing cricket professionally, Gibbs decided to settle down in the USA.