The accolade legend, so freely applied but often un-merited, is fully justified regarding Sir Garry Sobers. His track record and statistics fully support the claim that he is one of the finest all-round cricketers that have graced the game.
In addition he is an extraordinary ambassador for the game which became apparent during the two hours he had his audience enthralled with his unassuming manner, passion and gentle humour, comparing his world with that of today.
A less than privileged childhood meant entry into cricketing circles had to be fought for. From family games through to the professional world he always had to face bowlers who set him up to be knocked down. Facing this hostility, often in tears, he stood his ground and learnt his craft.
Always a team player he paid scant regard to personal success but did delight in recalling the record six sixes he scored in one over.
Humour was never far away with references to Boycott and Arlott – with passable impressions.
When pressed he named Trueman the best bowler he faced and praised Jack Kallis, the modern game’s best all-rounder.
Sobers, a lovely man with whom it was a privilege to have spent an evening.