David Capel

Country: England
Born: February 06, 1963, Northampton
Height: 6ft
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast
Playing role: Bowler
Died: September 02, 2020 (aged 57y 209d)

David Capel Bio

David John Capel, born on November 26, 1963, in Northampton, England, is a former cricketer who represented England in 15 Test matches and 23 One Day Internationals (ODIs) during the 1980s and early 1990s. Although he did not have a highly successful international career, Capel made notable contributions both as a player and a coach in domestic cricket.

Capel’s career started with promise as he burst onto the scene with Northamptonshire, his home county, in 1981. His all-round skills as a medium-pace bowler and middle-order batsman earned him recognition as a potential replacement for the legendary Ian Botham. In 1983, he made his ODI debut for England against Pakistan, displaying his ability to contribute with both bat and ball.

However, despite his early potential, Capel struggled to cement his place in the England side. His Test career lasted from 1987 to 1990, during which he played 15 matches. He had a highest score of 98, achieved against Pakistan in Karachi in 1987-88. However, his overall batting average of 15 and bowling average of 50 demonstrated his inability to consistently perform at the international level. Capel often endured failures with the bat, with 13 scores of 6 or less in his 25 Test innings.

Nevertheless, Capel did have his moments of success throughout his international career. One of his most significant achievements was dismissing the great Viv Richards thrice during his Test career. Richards, widely regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his era, found Capel’s medium pace challenging on multiple occasions.

Following the end of his international career, Capel turned his attention to coaching. In 2006, he took up the role of head coach at Northamptonshire, the county where he had achieved considerable success as a player. Under his guidance, the team reached Twenty20 finals day for the first time in 2009. Additionally, in 2011, Northamptonshire topped the County Championship table for most of the season, narrowly missing out on promotion to Division One.

Unfortunately, Capel’s tenure as head coach was cut short in 2012 when he was sacked three months into the season. Despite this setback, his impact as a coach and his dedication to Northamptonshire cricket cannot be undermined.

David Capel’s contribution to English cricket extends beyond his playing and coaching career. He continues to play a significant role in the development of young cricketers, as demonstrated by his work at the Northamptonshire academy.

In his personal life, Capel enjoys spending time with his family and remains actively involved in the cricket community. He also serves as an inspiration to young cricketers, teaching them the importance of perseverance and hard work, regardless of the obstacles they may face.

Although David Capel did not become the “new Ian Botham,” he made an indelible mark on English cricket with his determination, versatility, and dedication both on and off the field. Despite not achieving the heights of success he may have aspired to in his international career, Capel’s contributions to the sport have left a lasting legacy.

David Capel Career Stats

David Capel Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 15 25 1 374 98 15.58 1231 30.38 0 2 34 1 6 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 23 19 2 327 50* 19.23 479 68.26 0 1 - 4 6 0
FC 313 477 66 12202 175 29.68 - - 16 72 - - 156 0
List A 345 308 52 7011 121 27.38 - - 4 28 - - 84 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

David Capel Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 15 23 2000 1064 21 3/88 4/154 50.66 3.19 95.2 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 23 22 1038 805 17 3/38 3/38 47.35 4.65 61 0 0 0
FC 313 - 33070 17573 546 7/44 - 32.18 3.18 60.5 - 14 0
List A 345 - 12315 9139 281 5/51 5/51 32.52 4.45 43.8 8 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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