Craig McMillan

Country: New Zealand
Born: September 13, 1976, Christchurch, Canterbury
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Batter

Craig McMillan Bio

Craig Douglas McMillan is a former professional cricket player from New Zealand, known for his explosive batting and handy bowling skills. Born on September 13, 1976, in Dunedin, New Zealand, McMillan made his mark on the international cricket scene during his career, becoming one of New Zealand’s most prominent players.

From a young age, McMillan showed immense talent and potential in cricket. He was gifted international selection at just 21 years old, making his debut for the New Zealand national team. His career started off on a high note when, in March 2001, he etched his name in the record books by taking a world record 26 runs off one over from Pakistan’s Younis Khan during a Test match in Hamilton. This impressive display of batting prowess hinted at the great things to come from McMillan.

Throughout his career, McMillan displayed his ability to play both Test matches and limited-overs cricket. However, despite his early achievements, he endured a period of uncertainty when he was overlooked for a tour of Sri Lanka in 2003. Undeterred, McMillan responded emphatically, returning to the team with match-winning performances against India, including an unbeaten century.

McMillan’s selection for the 2007 World Cup after being dropped from the team in 2005 showcased his resilience and determination. He reclaimed his place in the team with strong performances in the home series against Sri Lanka and the CB Series in Australia. His highlight during this period was a New Zealand record-breaking century off just 67 balls in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, which solidified his position in the World Cup squad.

During the World Cup, McMillan proved his worth, contributing with both bat and ball. His all-round skills were crucial for New Zealand, especially with key players being sidelined due to injuries. While he didn’t have an extraordinary campaign, he was New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in the ICC World Twenty20.

In October 2007, McMillan announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 31. Following his retirement, he joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL), where he captained the Royal Bengal Tigers. However, he decided to quit the league in 2009 and signed a one-year contract with Canterbury, his domestic team in New Zealand.

McMillan’s contribution to New Zealand cricket cannot be understated. Known for his aggressive and fearless approach to batting, he entertained fans with his power-hitting and ability to control the game’s pace when needed. His versatility as an all-rounder and his ability to consistently deliver under pressure made him a valuable asset to the team.

Today, McMillan continues to be involved in cricket through coaching and commentary. He has shared his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of cricketers, aiming to inspire and develop future talents. With his legacy intact, Craig Douglas McMillan remains an iconic figure in New Zealand cricket, recognized for his skill, determination, and contribution to the sport.

Craig McMillan Career Stats

Craig McMillan Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 55 91 10 3116 142 38.46 5670 54.95 6 19 367 54 22 0
T20Is 8 7 1 187 57 31.16 117 159.82 0 1 8 14 3 0
ODIs 197 183 16 4707 117 28.18 6198 75.94 3 28 373 84 44 0
FC 138 226 27 7817 168* 39.28 - - 16 42 - - 58 0
List A 326 306 32 8457 125 30.86 - - 12 43 - - 89 0
T20s 27 25 3 605 65* 27.5 407 148.64 0 2 45 35 6 0

Craig McMillan Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 55 50 2502 1257 28 3/48 3/48 44.89 3.01 89.3 0 0 0
T20Is 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 197 74 1879 1717 49 3/20 3/20 35.04 5.48 38.3 0 0 0
FC 138 - 6572 3167 88 6/71 - 35.98 2.89 74.6 - 1 0
List A 326 - 3651 3158 106 5/38 5/38 29.79 5.18 34.4 1 1 0
T20s 27 10 144 212 9 2/21 2/21 23.55 8.83 16 0 0 0

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