John Watkins

Country: South Africa
Born: April 10, 1923, Durban, Natal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Died: September 03, 2021, Durban, (aged 98y 146d)

John Watkins Bio

John Cecil Watkins, widely known as John Watkins, was an exceptional cricketer hailing from South Africa. Born on February 4, 1924, in an era overshadowed by war, Watkins’ career blossomed as a genuine all-rounder, showcasing his prowess as a right-hand batsman, talented medium-pace bowler, and an outstanding slip fielder.

Watkins astounded the cricketing world with his attacking strokeplay, approaching every innings with an unwavering desire to dominate the opposition. His audacity in the face of challenging situations made him a force to be reckoned with. His dedication to the sport was evident from the very beginning, as he made his Test debut in 1949-50, captivating South African cricket fans with his boundless energy and skill.

However, it was during the Australia tour in 1952-53 that Watkins truly showcased his abilities. Throughout the tour, he amassed a staggering 679 runs, boasting an impressive batting average of 28.29. Furthermore, his prowess with the ball was on full display, with him taking 31 wickets at an average of 27.74. Within these remarkable figures, 408 runs and 16 wickets came from the Test matches, truly reflecting his importance and impact on the team.

The pinnacle of Watkins’ career came in the final Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). In that match, he produced a scintillating innings, scoring an impressive 92 runs, which stood as his Test best. This courageous and valiant display from Watkins solidified his position as a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing fraternity. Moreover, his contribution of 50 runs in the same Test further emphasized his ability to perform under pressure, making him a vital asset to South Africa’s cricketing endeavors.

Watkins’ career was cut short after a brief stint of only 15 Test matches. However, his impact on the game during those Tests and on cricketing enthusiasts was immeasurable. His aggressive style of play and unwavering determination left an indelible mark on the sport, cementing his position as one of South Africa’s finest cricketers.

Off the field, Watkins exuded humility, modesty, and integrity, making him a much-loved figure among fans and teammates alike. His commitment to the game extended beyond his playing career, as he continued to be involved in the cricketing community, nurturing young talents and inspiring future generations to follow in his illustrious footsteps.

While John Cecil Watkins may no longer grace the cricket field, his legacy lives on. His record-breaking performances, unwavering passion for the game, and exemplary sportsmanship have established him as a revered figure in South African cricket history. Watkins’ story serves as a constant reminder of the enduring spirit of the sport and its ability to bring individuals and nations together through a shared love for cricket.

John Watkins Career Stats

John Watkins Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 15 27 1 612 92 23.53 - - 0 3 - 1 12 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 60 94 7 2158 169 24.8 - - 2 8 - - 54 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

John Watkins Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 15 27 2805 816 29 4/22 6/88 28.13 1.74 96.7 3 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 60 - 9073 2738 96 5/37 - 28.52 1.81 94.5 - 1 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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