Mark Gillespie

Country: New Zealand
Born: October 17, 1979, Wanganui
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Mark Gillespie Bio

Mark Raymond Gillespie is a former professional cricket player from New Zealand, known for his stellar performance as a specialist bowler. With a run-up reminiscent of legendary players like Bob Willis and Dennis Lillee, Gillespie made a name for himself in New Zealand domestic cricket.

Born on July 4, 1979, in Wellington, New Zealand, Gillespie initially made his mark in the local cricket scene during Wellington’s 2005-2006 season. He showcased his exceptional skills by taking 43 wickets at an impressive average of 23.16. His talent and promise were undeniable, but his cricket journey faced a major setback in 2005.

During a batting innings against Canterbury, Gillespie was struck below the eye, resulting in multiple fractures and a smashed eye socket. It was a severe injury that could have potentially ended his career. However, he showed incredible resilience and determination to bounce back stronger.

His comeback came in the form of representing New Zealand A in the Top-End series in 2006. Gillespie’s remarkable performance earned him a spot in New Zealand’s Champions Trophy squad later that year. Although he didn’t get a chance to play, there were glimpses of his potential during the home series against Sri Lanka.

In a match where New Zealand suffered a defeat by a massive 189-run margin at Auckland, Gillespie stood out with his figures of 3 for 39 from ten overs. This performance showcased his ability to perform at the international level. He continued to impress in the tri-series in Australia, although he had occasional inconsistencies and leaked runs.

Gillespie’s first World Cup appearance in 2007 was hindered by a viral infection in his right shoulder, resulting in two wicketless outings. However, his early success was enough to secure a national contract for the 2007-2008 season and a place in the ICC World Twenty20 squad. He left a lasting impact in the tournament, claiming six wickets and delivering a remarkable spell of 4 for 7 against Kenya.

The opportunity for Test cricket arrived when Gillespie replaced the injured Shane Bond. In his debut Test against South Africa at Centurion, he rose to the occasion by taking 5 for 136. However, his career continued to be marked by numerous injuries, preventing him from reaching his full potential.

Despite the setbacks, Gillespie’s contributions to New Zealand cricket will always be remembered. His ability to deceive batsmen with his pace, coupled with his determination and resilience, made him a valuable player. Gillespie’s success against South Africa in 2012 is a testament to his skill, although his career was unfortunately plagued by more injuries.

Today, after retiring from professional cricket, Gillespie has taken up coaching roles and continues to contribute to the sport in various capacities. His memorable moments on the cricket field and his inspiring journey serve as an inspiration to young cricketers in New Zealand and beyond.

Mark Gillespie Career Stats

Mark Gillespie Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 8 1 76 27 10.85 134 56.71 0 0 10 3 1 0
T20Is 11 6 4 21 7 10.5 29 72.41 0 0 0 0 1 0
ODIs 32 14 8 93 28 15.5 118 78.81 0 0 8 1 6 0
FC 94 116 17 1688 81* 17.05 - - 0 6 - - 24 0
List A 123 69 24 485 31 10.77 - - 0 0 - - 18 0
T20s 20 13 6 46 14* 6.57 55 83.63 0 0 0 2 1 0

Mark Gillespie Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 5 8 868 631 22 6/113 6/142 28.68 4.36 39.4 1 3 0
T20Is 11 10 210 255 10 4/7 4/7 25.5 7.28 21 1 0 0
ODIs 32 31 1521 1369 37 4/58 4/58 37 5.4 41.1 1 0 0
FC 94 - 19051 10769 385 6/38 - 27.97 3.39 49.4 - 19 2
List A 123 - 6109 5336 196 6/38 6/38 27.22 5.24 31.1 7 3 0
T20s 20 19 400 574 15 4/7 4/7 38.26 8.61 26.6 1 0 0

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