Fidel Edwards is a West Indian cricketer and primarily a Right arm fast bowler. He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2003 and in his first game had bowling figures of 5 wickets for just 36 runs and 1/54 in the 2nd innings, the third-best bowling performance by any West Indian on debut.
In One Day Internationals (ODI), his first match was against Zimbabwe where again he tore through their Batting line up, taking 6/22. He is the only man in the history of cricket to have taken 6 wickets on their ODI debut and only the second player to have taken 5 wickets in both Test and ODI debuts. One of the highlights of his career to date was being part of the West Indies squad that won the T20 World cup in 2012. Also of note in cricketing circles is the fact that Fidel has a personal record of a fastest ball bowled at an incredible 157.7 KPH.
Throughout his career, Fidel has always been determined to succeed in life and sport whatever the circumstances. Speaking about his childhood without a father in the home, he told us “My Dad wasn’t around but he was still a part of my upbringing and my mom did a great job, even though I didn’t always agree with her discipline methods” he joked.
He first began playing cricket with 2 other Fast bowlers who all went went to the same Primary School and who all then went on to play for the West indies and become household names. Those players were his older brother, Pedro Collins and his friend Corey Collymore both of whom were seen by Fidel as Role models and mentors, along with his sister Sasha, who he said was always there for him and as a result, it meant that Fidel always had a great support network around him.
By the time Fidel got to secondary school, he was a gifted athlete who was involved in many sports, including the Javelin but his main focus was on football and not cricket at all. It was only at the age of around 17, when he broke his left arm that he turned his attentions back to cricket. Such was Fidel’s talent and attitude towards hard work, that once playing Cricket again, he was invited to bowl at the West Indies team for practice in the nets and was promptly pushed by Brian Lara to be selected for the team. Remarkably he then made his debut for the West Indies, after playing just one first class match for Barbados.
We asked Fidel about his belief in God and if that helped him throughout his life and through challenges. Fidel told us “In life you will face challenges so cricket is no different. I’m a person who always believes in my ability and I’ve always tried to use a negative and turn it into a positive. I’ve always known that God is there for me and I can’t question his work. I know he has his own plans for me and it’s for me to deliver.”
Fidel believes that those good plans God has for him, along with having great family, friends and role models has been a huge part of his success and so when asked about what sharing his story with you guys through Fight for the Fatherless meant to him, he simply reiterated, that it would be opportunity to be the same positive role model and inspiration for so many of you guys that others were for him.
We hope to hear more from Fidel in the near future, as I know he will without doubt be a great inspiration to many of you but for now I’d just like to say thank you from all of us and pray all the best for Fidel in his upcoming matches.