Former Guyana and West Indies leg-spinner 44-year-old Mahendra Veeren Nagamootoo was never given an extended run in a Five-Test career which lasted from August 2000 to October 2002 and played in a single Test in five different Continents.
Nagamootoo was a member of Guyana’s Stanford T20 Championship winning team in 2006.
In his five Tests he has taken 12 with a best of 3-119 and scored 168 with a highest score of 68 against Australia, while in 24 ODIs he took 18 wickets with a best of 4-32.
In his 102 First-Class matches Nagamootoo scored 2,578 runs with one century and seven fifties, while he captured 370 wickets with a best of 7-76 and took 13 five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls.
In 107 List ‘A’ games, Nagamootoo has 142 wickets with a best of 5-23 and a highest score of 63. In seven T20 games he has nine scalps with a best of 5-15.
Nagamootoo has played for Port Mourant, Berbice, Guyana and West Indies U-19s, Berbice, Guyana, West Indies Select X1, West Indies Board X1, West Indies ‘A’ and West Indies. He has also played club cricket in Trinidad.
He was born on October 9, 1975, in in the Village of Whim in Corentyne, Berbice to Simon Nagamootoo and Mavis Kallicharran and attended the Manchester High School.
Cricket runs in his blood; former West Indies Captain Alvin Kallicharran and Guyana First-Class leg-spinner Derick Kallicharran are his mother’s siblings, while arguable Guyana finest batsman, Rohan Kanhai is a relative from his father’s side.
If that was not enough, his younger brother Vishal Nagamootoo was Guyana’s Wicket-Keeper during a large part of Mahendra’s First-Class career. And just for good measure his uncle Mosses Nagamootoo, is the Prime Minister of Guyana.
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