Mark Vermeulen

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: March 02, 1979, Salisbury (now Harare)
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Mark Vermeulen Bio

Mark Andrew Vermeulen, the talented cricketer from Zimbabwe, has had a career filled with ups and downs, moments of brilliance and controversy. Born on January 24, 1979, he made his mark on the cricketing world before his life took a drastic turn.

Vermeulen’s cricketing journey took an unexpected turn on January 20, 2004, during Zimbabwe’s VB Series campaign in Australia. He received a sickening blow to the head by Irfan Pathan, which changed his life forever. Two-and-a-half years of uncertainty followed, but in October 2006, Vermeulen was arrested for setting fire to the offices of the Harare Sports Club and the National Academy. However, he was cleared at his subsequent trial in January 2008, with the court recognizing his ongoing psychiatric problems, including partial complex epilepsy, resulting from the head injury.

Despite the challenges he faced, Vermeulen never gave up on his dream of playing cricket. In 2009, the Zimbabwe board offered him another chance, and he seized the opportunity with determination. Known for his attacking style and athleticism, Vermeulen was a back-foot player who excelled against pace bowling. His cut, pull, and hook shots were particularly strong, and he had a natural timing through the covers. As a former captain of Zimbabwe’s Under-19 team, Vermeulen displayed a desire to succeed that sometimes spilled over into petulance and conflict.

Throughout his career, Vermeulen had his fair share of disciplinary issues. In 1996, he was banned from representing his school after walking off with the stumps in protest of a poor lbw decision. On the 2003 England tour, he defied management instructions and left the ground on his own after becoming the 13th player in Test history to record a pair on the same day. Vermeulen’s complex personality also led to confrontations with team managers and instances of refusing to stop a ball due to cold weather.

However, Vermeulen’s talent and potential were evident, and he made some impressive scores in one-day internationals. He played three matches in the 2003 World Cup and showcased his exceptional slip fielding skills. Additionally, he occasionally contributed as an offbreak bowler, and his sporting abilities extended beyond cricket, as he was a former national junior javelin champion.

Despite economic decline and political turmoil affecting Zimbabwe cricket, Vermeulen managed to have an outstanding 2004-05 season, averaging 43.60 in domestic cricket. After a hiatus, he made a brief comeback in 2009 for ODIs against South Africa. He continued to ply his trade in Zimbabwe’s domestic circuit, representing various teams such as Tuskers, Mid-West Rhinos, Mountaineers, Southern Rocks, and eventually returning to his hometown team, the Eagles.

In the 2013-14 season, Vermeulen decided to give his international career one last shot. Despite a player strike delaying the domestic season, he lived up to his commitment and emerged as the second-highest run-scorer in the Logan Cup, with an impressive average of 64.44. His performances caught the attention of the selectors, and in July 2014, he was chosen to represent the Zimbabwean A side against Afghanistan. Vermeulen scored a century in the four-day match, grabbing the opportunity to make a comeback in the one-off Test against South Africa. Brendan Taylor described him as “calm, for a change.” After a decade away from whites, Vermeulen finally returned to the international stage in August 2014.

Mark Andrew Vermeulen’s cricketing journey has been a rollercoaster ride, complete with extraordinary talent, personal struggles, and remarkable determination. Despite the hardships he faced, he never lost his passion for the game and made the most of every opportunity that came his way. Vermeulen’s story serves as a reminder of the resilience and unwavering spirit it takes to pursue one’s dreams, no matter the obstacles they encounter along the way.

Mark Vermeulen Career Stats

Mark Vermeulen Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 18 0 449 118 24.94 940 47.76 1 2 58 2 6 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 43 43 4 868 92 22.25 1227 70.74 0 6 110 2 18 0
FC 103 188 10 6744 198 37.88 - - 16 28 - - 114 0
List A 108 107 7 2435 105 24.35 - - 1 15 - - 33 0
T20s 17 17 2 422 108 28.13 301 140.19 1 2 43 18 6 1

Mark Vermeulen Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 9 1 6 5 0 - - - 5 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 43 1 5 5 1 1/5 1/5 5 6 5 0 0 0
FC 103 - 923 493 15 3/26 - 32.86 3.2 61.5 - 0 0
List A 108 - 71 66 1 1/5 1/5 66 5.57 71 0 0 0
T20s 17 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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