Craig Evans

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: November 29, 1969, Salisbury (now Harare)
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Craig Evans Bio

Craig Neil Evans, a talented all-round sportsman from Zimbabwe, had a career that narrates a bittersweet tale of unfulfilled potential and missed opportunities. Despite his early struggles, Evans showcased glimpses of brilliance throughout his cricketing journey, leaving an indelible mark on Zimbabwean cricket.

Born in Zimbabwe, Evans was a towering figure blessed with a strong, athletic physique, which lent itself well to his pursuits in cricket, golf, and rugby. Excelling in these sports, he maintained the profile of an all-round athlete from a young age. It was his prowess as a limited-overs specialist that brought him into the spotlight. At the age of 22, Evans made his international debut in a one-day match against India during their inaugural visit to Zimbabwe in 1992.

However, it wasn’t until 1996 that Evans became a regular in the Zimbabwean one-day squad, earning a spot in the prestigious World Cup team that year. Although his performance in the tournament was unremarkable due to Zimbabwe’s overall struggles, he displayed promise with an aggressive unbeaten 96 against Sri Lanka in Colombo during the Singer World Series.

Building on this success, Evans delivered two adventurous innings in 1997, scoring 40 and 43 against India during the Standard Bank One-Day Series in South Africa. These performances helped secure Zimbabwe’s first-ever victory over India in ODIs. Despite this encouraging start, Evans faced a decline in form and failed to make the cut for the 1999 World Cup in England.

For a brief period, Evans seemed to vanish from the international cricket scene, having only played two Test matches and 49 one-day internationals with underwhelming statistics. Many critics dismissed him as a talented but undisciplined player who had squandered his potential.

However, undeterred by the setback, Evans continued to play domestic cricket, gradually finding a renewed perspective and maturity in his game. Through dedication and hard work, he became a force to be reckoned with, earning him remarkable returns.

In March 2000, Evans achieved a monumental feat, setting a new record partnership in Zimbabwean cricket history with a staggering 330 runs alongside Dirk Viljoen for the third wicket. This remarkable performance, combined with his exceptional bowling figures of 4 for 5, helped secure a memorable 276-run victory for Mashonaland.

With his sights set on the 2003 World Cup, Evans had an outstanding season in 2001-02, scoring four centuries in as many matches. His standout performance was a game-changing 210 against Manicaland, followed by a remarkable bowling effort of 6 for 37. These exploits helped Mashonaland secure a commanding 73-run win after being forced to follow on.

His exceptional form led to his long-awaited international comeback at the age of 33, as he returned to the Zimbabwean one-day side to face Pakistan. In his comeback innings, Evans showcased resilience and determination, forging a vital partnership of 135 runs with Andy Flower. Unfortunately, a tragic mix-up ended his innings prematurely, effectively dashing his hopes of a remarkable victory. Despite subsequent failures, Evans’ comeback innings reflected his true potential.

Tragically, Evans was dropped again by the selectors without being given a chance to prove himself against Kenya. Consequently, he missed out on the final World Cup squad. While he was selected for Zimbabwe’s inaugural Test match in Australia, the team suffered a crushing defeat, and Evans never appeared in international cricket again.

Although his international career may have ended on a sour note, Craig Neil Evans remains an unforgettable figure in Zimbabwean cricket. His journey serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the sport and the eternal struggle to convert raw talent into consistent performance.

Craig Evans Career Stats

Craig Evans Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 0 52 22 8.66 161 32.29 0 0 8 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 53 47 5 764 96* 18.19 1006 75.94 0 2 65 16 12 0
FC 55 93 6 3025 228* 34.77 - - 8 12 - - 40 0
List A 104 93 12 1655 96* 20.43 - - 0 7 - - 25 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Craig Evans Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 2 54 35 0 - - - 3.88 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 53 34 964 848 21 3/11 3/11 40.38 5.27 45.9 0 0 0
FC 55 - 2626 1228 38 6/37 - 32.31 2.8 69.1 - 1 0
List A 104 - 1782 1530 40 4/50 4/50 38.25 5.15 44.5 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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