Dougie Marillier

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: April 24, 1978, Salisbury (now Harare)
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Dougie Marillier Bio

Douglas Anthony Marillier, better known as Dougie Marillier, is a former cricketer from Zimbabwe who was known for his aggressive batting style and improvisational skills in the one-day game. Born on January 24, 1978, in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, Marillier showed immense talent from a young age and quickly rose to prominence in the cricketing world.

Marillier had a promising start to his career until a tragic car accident at the age of 16 threatened to derail his cricketing dreams. Following the accident, he was wheelchair-bound for three months, and many doubted whether he would be able to play cricket again. However, his determination and resilience allowed him to make a remarkable recovery and return to the field.

Standing as an aggressive opening or middle-order batsman, Marillier became known for his preference for the leg side. He displayed superb improvisational skills, especially in limited-overs cricket, which earned him great admiration in Zimbabwe and beyond. One of his most memorable moments came in February 2001 when he lapped two low off-side full-tosses from renowned Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath over his shoulder for four runs in the final over of a Perth one-day match. Although Zimbabwe fell short by just one run, Marillier’s remarkable shots gained him significant attention.

His audacious stroke-making wasn’t limited to that match alone. Marillier repeated the same shot with devastating effect in a famous one-day victory over India at Faridabad during the 2001-02 season. These shots not only showcased his ability to adapt to different situations but also highlighted his determination to go against the norm and take risks when necessary.

In addition to his batting prowess, Marillier also dabbled in offspin bowling. Despite being an occasional bowler, he possessed the ability to generate bounce and proved to be useful whenever called upon to contribute with the ball. In a notable performance against England in October 2001, Marillier came on to bowl at 95 for 0 and singlehandedly removed the top four batsmen, effectively halting England’s progress.

However, as with many cricketers from Zimbabwe, Marillier’s career faced setbacks due to disillusionment and discontent within the national cricket system. He eventually quit Zimbabwe cricket in March 2004 and ventured to England to explore professional opportunities. However, after a challenging stint overseas, he decided to redirect his focus towards his family’s real estate business.

After a hiatus of more than five years, Marillier made a surprising comeback to Zimbabwe cricket in early 2010. He joined the Mashonaland Eagles franchise and even found himself included in a provisional squad for Zimbabwe’s tour of the West Indies in March of the same year. This unexpected return demonstrated his love for the game and his desire to once again contribute to Zimbabwe cricket.

Dougie Marillier may have encountered numerous challenges and obstacles throughout his cricketing journey, but his determination, skill, and ability to innovate made him a memorable player. His audacious stroke-play and versatility on the field earned him accolades and left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape of Zimbabwe.

Dougie Marillier Career Stats

Dougie Marillier Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 7 1 186 73 31 437 42.56 0 2 16 2 2 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 48 41 4 672 100 18.16 949 70.81 1 3 62 7 12 0
FC 41 71 4 2611 202 38.97 - - 7 14 - - 39 0
List A 93 84 7 1895 117 24.61 - - 3 9 - - 27 0
T20s 6 6 0 109 74 18.16 110 99.09 0 1 8 2 0 0

Dougie Marillier Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 5 6 616 322 11 4/57 6/96 29.27 3.13 56 2 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 48 35 1574 1235 30 4/38 4/38 41.16 4.7 52.4 1 0 0
FC 41 - 3407 2131 56 4/44 - 38.05 3.75 60.8 - 0 0
List A 93 - 2910 2297 56 4/38 4/38 41.01 4.73 51.9 1 0 0
T20s 6 3 42 40 2 2/11 2/11 20 5.71 21 0 0 0

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