Derek Underwood

Country: England
Born: June 08, 1945, Bromley, Kent
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Derek Underwood Bio

Derek Leslie Underwood, widely known as “Deadly” due to his incredible prowess on rain-affected pitches, is considered one of the greatest cricket players to have emerged from England. Born on June 8, 1945, in Bromley, Kent, Underwood’s career spanned from 1963 to 1987, during which he showcased his exceptional skills as a left-arm spinner.

Underwood’s remarkable accuracy and deceptive pace made him a formidable opponent, particularly when conditions favored his unique style of play. With an ability to generate immense spin and drift the ball both ways, Underwood had a masterful command over the art of spin bowling. His magical deliveries could mesmerize batsmen, leaving them helpless against his precision.

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments in Underwood’s career came in 1968 when he orchestrated an astonishing victory for England against Australia at The Oval. Racing against time, Underwood claimed 7 wickets off 50 balls, sealing a thrilling 226-run win. This victory not only leveled the series but also solidified Underwood’s reputation as a match-winner, capable of turning the tide in England’s favor.

Underwood often found himself confronted with rain-affected pitches, but instead of being discouraged by the challenging conditions, he embraced them as his opportunity to shine. His ability to exploit the damp conditions resulted in numerous batting collapses and an avalanche of wickets for England.

The left-arm spinner’s tremendous control and intelligence made him an invaluable asset to his captains. He possessed a deep understanding of the game and adapted his tactics to match the requirements of various pitches, both at home and abroad. During tours to Australia, Underwood skillfully adjusted his pace, recognizing the need to drop it slightly to create more turn and deceive the Australian batsmen.

Had Underwood not joined World Series Cricket in 1977 and participated in the disapproved tour of South Africa in 1981-82, his already impressive record might have boasted an additional 50-100 wickets. However, despite these disruptions, Underwood’s impact and contribution to English cricket remained undeniable.

Beyond his exceptional bowling skills, Underwood was a diligent nightwatchman and a dependable outfielder. His dedication to the game and commitment to his team were evident throughout his career. Even at the end of his playing days, he maintained the same gentlemanly demeanor that defined him from the start.

His accomplishments were recognized by the cricketing community when he was appointed the president of MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) in 2008 for a one-year term, a position that reflected his significant contribution to English cricket.

Throughout his career, Derek Leslie Underwood demonstrated his immense talent, unwavering dedication, and ability to thrive in challenging conditions. His legacy as a spin-bowling maestro and match-winner continues to inspire budding cricketers and serves as a testament to his enduring impact on the sport.

Derek Underwood Career Stats

Derek Underwood Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 86 116 35 937 45* 11.56 - - 0 0 - 0 44 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 26 13 4 53 17 5.88 133 39.84 0 0 5 0 6 0
FC 676 710 200 5165 111 10.12 - - 1 2 - - 261 0
List A 411 197 81 815 28 7.02 - - 0 0 - - 108 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Derek Underwood Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 86 151 21862 7674 297 8/51 13/71 25.83 2.1 73.6 13 17 6
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 26 24 1278 734 32 4/44 4/44 22.93 3.44 39.9 1 0 0
FC 676 - 139783 49993 2465 9/28 - 20.28 2.14 56.7 - 153 47
List A 411 - 19825 11099 572 8/31 8/31 19.4 3.35 34.6 25 8 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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