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Who is Kavem Hodge? West Indies' 'Mr Cricket'

Jordan Carlisle January 28, 2021
Who is Kavem Hodge? West Indies' 'Mr Cricket'
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Who is Kavem Hodge? We take a look at the talented all-rounder known to many in the Caribbean as ‘Mr Cricket’.

Kavem Ajoel Rakem Hodge was born in Roseau, Dominica, on 21 February 1993, making him 27 years old.

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He is a right-handed batsman who bowls slow left-arm orthodox.

Who is Kavem Hodge?

His talent was identified at an early age and he captained the Windward Islands U19s before representing the West Indies at the U19 World Cup in Australia in 2012.

Hodge made his first-class debut for the Windward Islands later that year, while his List A debut for Combined Campuses and Colleges (he was a student at the University of West Indies) came in 2014.

He had to wait much longer for his first T20 appearance, but it finally arrived in a 2018 CPL match for St Lucia Zouks against Guyana Amazon Warriors.

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Hodge has made a total of 89 appearances across all formats, but his first-class record is of primary interest given that he has been called up for a Test series in Bangladesh.

His career batting average of 28.63 from 40 matches isn’t overly impressive, but he had a relatively strong 2019/20 West Indies Championship, accumulating 454 runs from eight matches at a healthier average of 37.83.

He scored one hundred and four fifties in the tournament to finish as the Windward Islands’ second top run-scorer behind Devon Smith.

Hodge has three career red-ball centuries, with a highest score of 128.

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West Indies chief selector Roger Harper highlighted Hodge’s ability to also bowl left-arm spin as key to his inclusion on the Bangladesh tour [].

He has taken 44 first-class wickets at a respectable average of 33.88, with best innings figures of 6/68, but isn’t a front-line spinner at first-class level.

Hodge is known on the regional circuit for his enthusiasm for the game, earning him the nickname ‘Mr Cricket’.

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Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.