A leggie, who hurries even the best of batsmen with his skidders and unerring accuracy, Samuel Badree has grown leaps and bounds to become West Indies' chief marksman in the T20 format. Badree currently sits pretty atop the ICC T20 rankings. Though he relies more on the quicker ones, Badree also possesses a nifty googly up his sleeve.
The journey though has been laden with obstacles. Badree's debut in first-class cricket came in the 2001/02 season but he took his time to find his feet and later establish himself in the Trinidad and Tobago line-up.
The champagne moment for the Trinidad and Toabago twirler ensued when he snared 4-15, spinning West Indies to a mammoth win against hosts Bangladesh in the T20 cup. He continued to shine in the T20 Cup, claiming wickets whilst simultaneously applying the brakes on the rival batsmen. It will only be a matter of time before he becomes a cinch in the ODI setup, although a Test berth remains a touch far from the horizon.
After serving Rajasthan for a brief period, Badree was signed up by Chennai for the seventh season of the Indian T20 league. He made his presence felt in the inaugural version of the CPL as well.
He will be playing for Islamabad United in the PSL.
A trailblazer of the T20 game Samuel Badree’s legacy will only enhance as his career winds down. The first wrist spinner to regularly bowl in the powerplay overs, Badree’s formula has been emulated across the world.
Relying on accuracy and his brain to outwit batsmen Badree has become one of the outstanding T20 bowler of this decade, reaching as high as number 1 in the T20 International Ranking for bowlers.
It would be fair to say that Badree isn’t the typical sportsman. A physical education teacher by profession until he made it big in the game he loved, he has continued to pursue those goals and grow as a human being. In 2017 he completed he completed his Masters in Sports Management, just a month before winning the BPL.
A two-time World Champion and winner at the PSL, BPL and the Big Bash, Samuel Badree is a serial winner, and one of the pillars of the Islamabad United dressing room.