Craig Ervine

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: August 19, 1985, Harare
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Craig Ervine Bio

Craig Richard Ervine is a Zimbabwean cricketer known for his stylish left-handed batting skills. Born on August 19, 1985, Ervine comes from a family with a strong cricketing background. Growing up, both his father and uncle played first-class cricket in the late 1970s, and his older brother Sean had a promising career with the Zimbabwe national team before playing in England.

Ervine’s cricketing journey, however, almost came to an end due to a freak accident. As a teenager, he slipped and fell on a broken glass in his family’s living room, severely injuring his right hand. In fact, the injury was so severe that amputation was considered as an option during the initial diagnosis. Despite this setback, Ervine was determined to pursue his passion for cricket.

During his A level studies at Lomagundi College, Ervine earned a place at the prestigious Zimbabwe Cricket Academy, where he honed his skills and proved his talent. This led to him playing for various teams in Zimbabwe, including the Midlands, Zimbabwe Under-19, and the A side. Seeking further experience and improvement, Ervine decided to venture to England.

He spent time playing for English clubs Bexhill and Lordhood, as well as Irish club Lisburn in Belfast. Ervine’s performances caught the attention of selectors, and he was offered a contract with the Southern Rocks franchise based in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. In the 2009-10 Logan Cup, he emerged as the leading run-scorer for his team and also topped the batting averages in the one-day format.

Although his returns in the domestic Twenty20 competition were modest, Ervine’s impressive performances earned him a call-up to the Zimbabwe national team for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in 2010. He continued to excel during the tour, averaging 60.50 in the ODIs against West Indies and emerging as the leading run-scorer across all three formats.

Upon returning to Zimbabwe, Ervine’s cricketing journey took an unexpected turn. He rejected a low contract offer from Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and left the country to play club cricket for Lisburn and Grade Cricket for Morley in Western Australia. It seemed that yet another talented player would be lost to Zimbabwean cricket.

However, after an 18-month hiatus, Ervine made himself available for selection ahead of the 2014-15 season, motivated by the upcoming 2015 World Cup. His inclusion in Zimbabwe’s squad for the tournament showcased his resilience and determination to represent his country on the global stage.

Throughout his career, Ervine has displayed exceptional batting skills, combining grace with power. With an average of over 30 in both Test and One Day International cricket, he has proven to be a valuable asset to the Zimbabwean team. His ability to handle pressure situations and score crucial runs has earned him praise from fans and critics alike.

Craig Richard Ervine’s journey in cricket is a testament to his love for the game and his unwavering dedication. Despite a career-threatening injury, he has overcome adversity and achieved success at both domestic and international levels. As he continues to contribute to Zimbabwean cricket, his passion and talent are sure to inspire future generations of cricketers in the country.

Craig Ervine Career Stats

Craig Ervine Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 20 40 2 1332 160 35.05 2645 50.35 3 5 150 11 17 0
T20Is 68 67 4 1429 70 22.68 1345 106.24 0 9 141 30 31 0
ODIs 119 115 13 3376 130* 33.09 4437 76.08 4 20 333 39 56 0
FC 89 160 9 6515 215 43.14 - - 16 32 - - 85 0
List A 213 203 33 6686 195 39.32 - - 13 34 - - 95 0
T20s 118 112 14 2532 120* 25.83 2144 118.09 1 17 244 70 53 0

Craig Ervine Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 20 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 68 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 119 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 89 - 210 143 3 2/44 - 47.66 4.08 70 0 0 0
List A 213 - 158 125 1 1/25 1/25 125 4.74 158 0 0 0
T20s 118 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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