West Indies used to be a formidable force to be reckoned with across all three formats of the game. They had all kinds of players at their disposal and were churning out results in their favour, more often than not. West Indies won 2 ODI World Cups and 2 T20I World Cups so far.
However, after several superstars called it quits from the sport, they are currently struggling to produce a spark in their approach. It seems that it will take plenty of time to start building from scratch in order to come out on top. Case in point, taking a five-wicket haul across all three formats of the game isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
For the record, only 12 bowlers in the history of men’s cricket have taken a fifer in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. Out of them, two are West Indies bowlers who achieved this wonderful feat.
1. Jason Holder
Jason Holder is one of the two bowlers in the history of West Indies cricket who took a fifer in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. It is worth noting that he registered 5/30 against Pakistan in Tests, 5/27 against India in ODIs and 5/27 against England in T20Is, which are his best bowling spells against top teams.
Overall, he has taken as many as 8 five-wicket hauls in Tests, 2 five-wicket hauls in One-Day Internationals and a solitary five-wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals. As far as his wicket-taking tally is concerned, he took 157 wickets in Tests, 159 wickets in ODIs and 57 wickets in T20Is.
2. Alzarri Joseph
Alzarri Joseph quickly rose through the ranks with his consistent bowling performances across all three formats of international cricket. The right-arm fast bowler ruffled the opposition batsmen’s feathers with pace and bounce.
He is the second bowler from the West Indies cricket history who has taken a five-wicket haul in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He registered his personal best bowling figures of 5/81 against South Africa in Tests, 5/56 against England in ODIs and 5/40 against South Africa in T20Is.
Updated as of September 29, 2023.