Sir Garfield Sobers

Sir Garfield Sobers Roundabout

Garfield Sobers was born in 1936 in Bay Land, St. Michael, Barbados and grew up to become internationally known as the greatest cricketer of all time. Garfield Sobers played cricket for the West Indies team from 1952 right up until 1974 when he retired at the age of thirty-eight.

In 1975 his achievements in cricket as well as his outstanding contribution to the game in general, were recognized by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II when he was knighted and became Sir Garfield Sobers. Sir Gary Sobers (as he is known here in Barbados), has been described not only as the greatest cricketer of all time, but has also been called the cricketer’s cricketer and he became a national hero of Barbados in 1998. Sir Garfield Sobers rose from humble beginnings playing cricket in the streets and on the beach and went on to not only play on the West Indies team, but to captain it. He rose to become a hero and a knight THE cricketer, an inspiration to us all.

As a tribute to one of the greatest Barbadians of all time, there is a roundabout named after this living legend. It is called the Sir Garfield Auburn Sobers Roundabout and features a monumental statue of the cricketer in action. Beneath the statue is a plaque detailing his life as well as his major achievements in the sport of cricket.

The roundabout can be found in Wildey, St. Michael at one of the busiest junctions on the island and is proudly sponsored and maintained by the Sagicor Insurance Company.

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