Jacob Oram

Country: New Zealand
Born: July 28, 1978, Palmerston North, Manawatu
Height: 1.98 m
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Jacob Oram Bio

Jacob David Philip Oram, often known simply as Jacob Oram, is a former professional cricket player from New Zealand. Born on July 28, 1978, in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Oram is widely regarded as one of the most talented all-rounders in the history of New Zealand cricket. Standing at an impressive height of 1.98 meters, he is a recognizable figure both on and off the pitch.

Oram’s journey into cricket started at a young age, but he also excelled in soccer and represented his school as a goalkeeper. His agility and nimbleness on the soccer field translated seamlessly into his cricketing skills. He quickly established himself as a formidable medium-fast bowler and showcased a naturally aggressive batting approach, making him an invaluable asset to any team.

However, Oram faced a setback in his development when he suffered from foot problems during the summer of 2001-2002. This resulted in him missing out on a crucial season of his career. Nevertheless, he made a strong comeback in the following season, earning himself a place in both the Test and one-day international sides.

In 2003-2004, Oram came tantalizingly close to scoring a century when he struck an impressive 97 runs against Pakistan. He followed this up with a remarkable 119 not out in the first Test against South Africa, and a score of 90 in the second Test. These performances earned him a spot in the touring squad for the England series in 2004.

Continuing his good form, Oram secured his position in the New Zealand cricket team and impressed during the Bangladesh tour in 2004-2005. However, an unfortunate stress reaction in his back prevented him from participating in Australia’s tour of New Zealand in 2005. He bounced back from this setback, though, and went on to score a delightful hundred against South Africa at Centurion in April 2006.

Oram’s one-day international career peaked during the CB Series in 2006-2007, where his aggressive striking abilities rattled both England and Australia. One of his standout performances during this period was his first ODI century, a remarkable 101 runs scored from just 72 balls against Australia. Despite his outstanding efforts, New Zealand narrowly missed victory in a monumental run-chase in Perth.

Injuries plagued Oram’s career, with a broken ring finger on his left hand being one of the more notable setbacks. He became infamous in the media when he joked that he would “chop off his finger” to play. Nonetheless, he competed in the 2007 World Cup, contributing significantly with both bat and ball as New Zealand reached the semi-finals.

Due to his ongoing injury troubles, Oram made the difficult decision to retire from Test cricket in 2009. However, he continued to play Twenty20 and one-day internationals, as well as representing Chennai in the Indian Premier League. Oram’s contribution to New Zealand cricket cannot be understated, and he remains a respected figure in the sport.

Beyond his cricketing accomplishments, Oram is known for his sportsmanship, determination, and commitment to the game. He inspired countless young cricketers in New Zealand and left an indelible mark on the sport. Despite his retirement, Oram’s legacy continues to influence the next generations of cricket players in New Zealand.

Jacob Oram Career Stats

Jacob Oram Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 33 59 10 1780 133 36.32 3533 50.38 5 6 209 21 15 0
T20Is 36 30 7 474 66* 20.6 339 139.82 0 2 38 22 12 0
ODIs 160 116 15 2434 101* 24.09 2810 86.61 1 13 182 81 51 0
FC 85 136 18 3992 155 33.83 - - 8 18 - - 36 0
List A 250 193 20 4400 127 25.43 - - 3 24 - - 80 0
T20s 105 85 18 1111 66* 16.58 881 126.1 0 4 80 55 35 0

Jacob Oram Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 33 55 4964 1983 60 4/41 6/63 33.05 2.39 82.7 1 0 0
T20Is 36 32 546 793 19 3/33 3/33 41.73 8.71 28.7 0 0 0
ODIs 160 154 6911 5047 173 5/26 5/26 29.17 4.38 39.9 3 2 0
FC 85 - 10670 4158 155 6/45 - 26.82 2.33 68.8 - 3 0
List A 250 - 9734 7074 236 5/26 5/26 29.97 4.36 41.2 3 2 0
T20s 105 94 1839 2406 81 5/14 5/14 29.7 7.84 22.7 0 1 0

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