Ian Harvey

Country: Australia
Born: April 10, 1972, Wonthaggi, Victoria
Height: 1.72 m
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Ian Harvey Bio

Ian Joseph Harvey is an Australian cricket player known for his wicked slower balls and his ability to turn games around with his unorthodox bowling style. While his talents have earned him recognition in English domestic cricket, he remains underrated in his home country. Having played in 73 one-day internationals across ten countries over a span of seven years, Harvey has yet to score a half-century or take a five-for, making it difficult for him to secure a regular spot in the national team.

However, on the field, Harvey’s contributions are undeniable. He may not be a star with the bat or ball, but his ability to chip in with crucial runs and timely wickets while maintaining an economy rate of around five an over makes him a valuable asset. His arsenal of deliveries includes a handy yorker, a shock bumper, skidding bounce, and a variety of slower balls, all of which have earned him widespread admiration in England. Harvey’s skills have played a significant role in transforming Gloucestershire, a team that has never won a County Championship, into a force to be reckoned with in limited-overs cricket.

Harvey’s cricket journey began at the age of 14 when he first picked up a bat. His talent caught the attention of the cricketing authorities, and he soon found himself at the Academy, where he earned the nickname “The Freak” due to his exceptional abilities. In 2003, he showcased his potential on the international stage during the TVS Cup final, delivering a match-winning performance by taking four wickets for just 21 runs, leading his team to victory.

While Harvey’s versatility as an all-rounder was apparent during the 2003 World Cup, he was left out of the final match. Disappointed but determined, he demonstrated his resilience by continuing to work hard on his game. However, his form suffered, and he lost his place in the national team in 2004, prompting him to look for opportunities overseas.

Harvey played county cricket in England and even had a season with the Cape Cobras in South Africa. In 2007, he faced a setback when his application for British Citizenship, which would have allowed him to play for Derbyshire as a non-overseas player, was denied due to a drink-driving conviction. Faced with the possibility of an early end to his career, Harvey joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League’s Chennai franchise, the Superstars.

During his time with the Chennai Superstars, Harvey shone brightly, earning the title of Player of the Series in the inaugural Twenty20 tournament. He continued to impress in the following season, showcasing his skills both with the bat and ball.

Despite the lack of recognition in his home country, Ian Joseph Harvey has left an indelible mark on the cricketing world. His unorthodox style and match-winning performances have earned him the reputation of being one of the most influential imports in English cricket history. Though his international career may not have reached great heights, his contributions to the sport will always be cherished.

Ian Harvey Career Stats

Ian Harvey Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 73 51 11 715 48* 17.87 811 88.16 0 0 65 8 17 0
FC 165 272 29 8409 209* 34.6 - - 15 46 - - 114 0
List A 305 268 27 5977 112 24.8 - - 2 28 - - 83 0
T20s 54 52 5 1470 109 31.27 941 156.21 3 5 202 42 18 0

Ian Harvey Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 73 70 3279 2577 85 4/16 4/16 30.31 4.71 38.5 4 0 0
FC 165 - 24274 11693 425 8/101 - 27.51 2.89 57.1 - 15 2
List A 305 - 13607 9952 445 5/19 5/19 22.36 4.38 30.5 21 9 0
T20s 54 49 965 1234 52 4/18 4/18 23.73 7.67 18.5 1 0 0

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