Calum MacLeod

Country: Scotland
Born: November 15, 1988, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast, Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Calum MacLeod Bio

Calum Scott MacLeod, born on January 15, 1988, in Glasgow, Scotland, is a celebrated cricket player who has made a significant mark in Scottish cricket history. His outstanding performances on the pitch have earned him recognition and admiration from cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

MacLeod gained national attention when he played a pivotal role in Scotland’s victory over the world’s top-ranked ODI team, England, in 2018. His remarkable century during that match in Edinburgh showcased his exceptional batting skills and contributed to Scotland’s historic win. MacLeod’s skill and composure were once again on display when he scored an unbeaten 157 against Afghanistan in a World Cup Qualifier match in Bulawayo later that year. His expert handling of legspinner Rashid Khan, employing a sweep shot he acquired from playing hockey, demonstrated his versatility and adaptability as a cricketer. As a result of these remarkable performances, MacLeod was awarded the ICC Associate Player of the Year in 2018, cementing his status as one of Scotland’s finest cricketers. He became only the second Scotland player to receive this prestigious accolade, following in the footsteps of Preston Mommsen in 2014.

MacLeod’s journey in cricket has seen its fair share of challenges and setbacks. In 2009, he became the first Gaelic speaker to appear in a Test match when he substituted as a fielder for England in an Ashes Test. However, earlier that year, MacLeod’s hopes of pursuing a county career as a fast bowler were dashed when his bowling action was reported after an Intercontinental Cup match. Determined to overcome this setback, he underwent extensive remedial work, including valuable sessions with renowned bowling coach Allan Donald. Although Warwickshire released him in 2010, MacLeod’s time spent observing the training routines of Warwickshire’s standout players, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, proved invaluable. Capitalizing on Scotland’s introduction of player contracts in 2008, MacLeod began focusing on his batting skills and gradually worked his way up the Scottish cricket ranks.

MacLeod’s breakthrough came in January 2014 when he scored back-to-back centuries against UAE and Canada, playing a crucial role in Scotland’s qualification for the 2015 World Cup. These remarkable performances attracted the attention of Durham, who offered him a contract primarily for T20 cricket. MacLeod’s contributions played a significant part in Durham’s victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2014. In 2018, he joined Derbyshire for T20 cricket and further showcased his abilities by scoring a lightning-fast century in just 58 balls against Northamptonshire.

Throughout his career, MacLeod has exhibited an ability to score runs at critical moments. With over 4000 runs in List A cricket for Scotland and more than 4300 runs overall, his record is impressive. While his limited-overs average for Scotland does not feature in the top ten, he is firmly at the top of the list when it comes to the number of List A and ODI centuries scored for the country.

In 2022, MacLeod was in sizzling ODI form, consistently scoring fifty-plus runs in nine innings and ending his international career with an unbeaten century against the United States in Aberdeen. Unexpectedly, at the age of 33, MacLeod announced his retirement shortly after Scotland’s exit from the T20 World Cup in Australia. Despite enigmatic circumstances surrounding his retirement, MacLeod’s legacy as one of Scotland’s finest, most talented cricketers remains intact.

Calum MacLeod’s contribution to Scottish cricket is undeniable. His performances on the pitch have inspired countless aspiring cricketers and solidified his place in Scottish sporting history. As he embarks on a new chapter, his impact on the game will be remembered for years to come.

Calum MacLeod Career Stats

Calum MacLeod Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 64 61 9 1238 74 23.8 1115 111.03 0 7 107 23 38 0
ODIs 88 86 7 3026 175 38.3 3756 80.56 10 13 312 35 53 0
FC 28 41 6 904 84 25.82 1852 48.81 0 5 108 4 20 0
List A 161 152 12 4330 175 30.92 5441 79.58 11 19 447 43 83 0
T20s 137 133 16 3172 104* 27.11 2637 120.28 2 15 311 68 80 0

Calum MacLeod Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 64 15 180 220 5 2/17 2/17 44 7.33 36 0 0 0
ODIs 88 41 968 836 11 2/26 2/26 76 5.18 88 0 0 0
FC 28 16 767 445 16 4/66 6/102 27.81 3.48 47.9 1 0 0
List A 161 62 1498 1337 23 3/37 3/37 58.13 5.35 65.1 0 0 0
T20s 137 18 204 236 5 2/17 2/17 47.2 6.94 40.8 0 0 0

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