Shiek Faoud Ahamul Fasiel Bacchus was an attacking right-handed batsman who played 19 Tests and 29 One Day Internationals for the WI between 1978 and 1983 either as an opener or in the middle order.
He excelled at the youth level, then quickly graduated to the senior Guyana team in the early 1970s. Even then his fielding was electric whether he was in the outfield or close in at forward short-leg where he took some incredible catches.
However, his ultra-attacking nature and his desire to please the crowd often brought about his downfall.
This was most evident during his first ODI against the Australians in Antigua in 1978 when he pulled his second ball over the boundary ropes, only to tread on his stumps and being dismissed for a ‘duck’.
Bacchus also got his chance at Test level in 1978 at the height of the Kerry Packer affair, then played all six Tests in India in 1978-79 under Alvin Kallicharran.
In Kanpur he struck a magnificent 250......his only Test match hundred.
He also played in the 1983 World Cup final against India at Lord’s.
In 1984 he became a member of the ‘rebel team’ to South Africa.
With a record of 19 Tests, 782 runs at an average of 26.06 and one century, what are your thoughts on the career of Faoud Bacchus?
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