Fred Trueman

Country: England
Born: February 06, 1931, Stainton, Yorkshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler
Died: July 01, 2006, Airedale General Hospital, Keighley, Yorkshire, (aged 75y 145d)

Fred Trueman Bio

Frederick Sewards Trueman, popularly known as Freddie Trueman, was a legendary English cricketer who is often regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Born on February 6, 1931, in Stainton, England, Trueman emerged as a cricketing prodigy at a young age and went on to leave an indelible mark on the sport with his exceptional talent and fierce determination.

Trueman’s playing style was defined by his classical easy action, unruly jet-black hair, and a menacing scowl that struck fear into the hearts of batsmen facing him. He became the first cricketer from any country to reach the remarkable milestone of 300 Test wickets, accomplishing this feat at The Oval in 1964. Although his overall wicket tally of 307 has been surpassed by many others since then, few have been able to match his impressive average of 21.57 and strike rate of a wicket every 49 balls.

Throughout his career, Trueman faced several disciplinary issues that caused him to miss numerous matches and tours. However, his undeniable talent and impact on the game often overshadowed these incidents. One notable instance occurred when Trueman evaded punishment from the Yorkshire committee by pointing out that he was 200 miles away representing England at the time of the alleged misdemeanor.

Trueman’s prowess as a fast bowler was evident from the beginning of his career. In his debut Test series against India in 1952, he played a pivotal role in reducing the opposition to 0 for 4 and achieved remarkable figures of 8 for 31 in the third match, which were regarded as the best Test bowling figures by a genuine fast bowler at the time. Alongside Brian Statham, another renowned English fast bowler, Trueman formed a formidable opening bowling partnership during the late 1950s.

As he matured, Trueman developed excellent control over swing, making him an even more formidable opponent for batsmen. He humorously referred to himself as “T’Greatest Fast Bowler Who Ever Drew Breath,” hinting at his immense self-confidence. Trueman thoroughly enjoyed Yorkshire’s dominance in the 1960s and retired from professional cricket after leading them to their sixth title in 1968. Additionally, he played an instrumental role in Yorkshire’s victory over the touring Australians during that same season.

After retiring from the sport, Trueman made a brief comeback with Derbyshire in one-day matches, although this endeavor proved to be less successful. His natural talent as a raconteur led him to become a radio summarizer for the BBC’s Test Match Special commentary team for many years. Known for his catchphrase, “I just don’t know what’s going off out there,” Trueman’s role as the curmudgeonly Tyke, often sharing exaggerated stories, eventually became tiresome to listeners, and he found himself reluctantly dropped from the commentary team.

Freddie Trueman’s impact on cricket extended far beyond his on-field achievements. With his aggressive style of bowling, unique personality, and incredible record, he left an everlasting legacy in the sport. Although statistics provide an insight into Trueman’s prowess, his skill and charisma truly came alive when witnessed firsthand. His contributions to English cricket will forever be cherished by fans and enthusiasts alike.

Fred Trueman Career Stats

Fred Trueman Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 67 85 14 981 39* 13.81 - - 0 0 - 25 64 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 603 713 120 9231 104 15.56 - - 3 26 - - 439 0
List A 18 14 2 156 28 13 - - 0 0 - - 5 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Fred Trueman Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 67 127 15178 6625 307 8/31 12/119 21.57 2.61 49.4 19 17 3
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 603 - 99701 42154 2304 8/28 - 18.29 2.53 43.2 - 126 25
List A 18 - 986 507 28 6/15 6/15 18.1 3.08 35.2 1 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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