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With a smooth run-up and genuine athleticism, Reon King was able to bowl deliveries of over 140 kilometres per hour. As a right-arm fast bowler for West Indies and Guyana, Reon King was, undeniably, a genuinely quick bowler. So beautiful was his action and promising was his potential, that he was thought to be one the successors to the legendary Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.

In the mode of many fast bowlers and players in the era of the West Indies cricket team's decline, King did not live up to the high expectations. At the end of his career, he possessed had a moderate Test record, but better ODI statistics. That record showed signs of the unfulfilled potential that was often beset by injury and lack of confidence.

Reon King began his First class career in 1996 at the age of 21 for Guyana. It took only two years for him to be elevated to the West Indies team; where he was perceived as an emerging strike bowler. His ODI debut came against India in the ICC Knockout Championship in 1998. A few months later, Reon King made his Test debut on the ill-fated tour of South Africa in 1998/1999.

Injuries and form aside, King was a consistent selection for the West Indies in his early career. However, he only played 19 Tests in total and collected 53 wickets at a good average of 32.69. His ODI record was very impressive and is worth mentioning. King scalped 76 ODI wickets from only 50 matches at an impressive average of 23.77 and a miserly economy rate of 4.16. His ODI figures are more representative of the talent that King possessed.

Reon King was a "genuine rabbit" with the bat, however. He certainly laid no claims to being an all-rounder in cricket. All of his batting averages were single-digit. King did not place high value on staying at the crease for too long either. His best First-class score was 30. That says a lot, since several other "rabbits" with the bat (Mc Grath and Courtney Walsh) have posted First-class half-centuries.

King's bowling talent have been appreciated outside of the Caribbean. He has played for major teams like Durham (England) and Northerns (South Africa). He is probably fortunate to even have a moderate record in Test matches, since he was saddled with injuries more often than not. In the twilight of his career, King employed his past experiences as a player in coaching roles.

He also provides audio commentary on regional and international cricket matches in the Caribbean. It appears as though the soft-spoken native of Guyana is establishing himself in other aspects of cricket; now that his playing days are virtually over at age 33.

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