David Shepherd

Country: England
Born: December 27, 1940, Bideford, Devon
Height: 5ft 10in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Died: October 27, 2009 (aged 68y 304d)

David Shepherd Bio

David Robert Shepherd, fondly known as David Shepherd, was a legendary cricket player and international umpire from England. Born on December 27, 1940, in Devon, England, he had a career that spanned over several decades and left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

Shepherd began his journey as a professional cricketer relatively late in his life, making his debut for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club at the age of 25. Despite his rotund figure, he quickly established himself as a valuable asset to the team, earning praise for his pugnacious batting style and his ability to contribute both on and off the field.

His impact was particularly evident in the one-day format of the game, where his skillful shot placement compensated for his lack of speed between the wickets. Shepherd’s lovable personality and jovial nature made him a favorite among players and spectators alike. He had a unique superstition of performing a little jig whenever the score reached 111 or a multiple thereof, adding an element of excitement and entertainment to the game.

In 1981, Shepherd transitioned from being a player to becoming a first-class umpire. His exceptional cricketing knowledge and commitment to the spirit of the game quickly earned him international recognition. He made his debut as an international umpire at the prestigious 1983 World Cup, which marked the beginning of a remarkable career officiating matches at the highest level.

Over the course of his career, Shepherd umpired in 172 One Day Internationals (ODIs), including three consecutive World Cup finals, and 92 Test matches from 1983 to 2005. His excellent decision-making skills, professionalism, and ability to handle pressure earned him immense respect from players, administrators, and cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

By the time of his passing in October 2009, Shepherd had achieved legendary status, and only two umpires, Steve Bucknor and Rudi Koertzen, had officiated in more Test matches than him. His final Test match was held in Kingston, Jamaica, in June 2005, between West Indies and Pakistan, where he received a heartfelt tribute from Brian Lara, who presented him with a bat inscribed with words of gratitude for his exceptional service and professionalism.

Throughout his career, Shepherd remained connected to his roots and continued his involvement in cricket at the grassroots level. After retiring from umpiring, he returned to his beloved North Devon Cricket Club, where he remained actively engaged. In 2008, he tied the knot with his long-time partner, Jenny, bringing joy and happiness into his personal life.

David Shepherd had an outstanding career, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of cricket. His passion for the game, infectious enthusiasm, and unique personality will always be remembered and cherished. Though he may have left us, his contributions to cricket will forever remain engraved in the hearts of fans worldwide.

David Shepherd Career Stats

David Shepherd Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 282 476 40 10672 153 24.47 - - 12 55 - - 95 0
List A 183 173 17 3330 100 21.34 - - 1 13 - - 34 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

David Shepherd Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 282 - 196 106 2 1/1 - 53 3.24 98 - 0 0
List A 183 - 12 14 0 - - - 7 - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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