Michael Di Venuto

Country: Australia
Born: December 12, 1973, Hobart, Tasmania
Height: 1.8 m
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium, Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Opening Batter

Michael Di Venuto Bio

Michael Di Venuto, born on June 12, 1973, is a former cricketer from Australia who made a significant impact on the sport during his playing career. Di Venuto was known for his explosive stroke-play and was considered one of the most exciting opening batsmen of his time. Although he had a brief international career, he enjoyed a successful stint at the domestic level, particularly with Tasmania.

Di Venuto burst onto the scene in 1997 when he made his debut for the Australian one-day team. His aggressive style of play drew comparisons to the legendary Adam Gilchrist. However, he struggled to maintain his form and was dropped from the national team in the same year. Despite this setback, he continued to excel for Tasmania and became a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket.

His best seasons came towards the end of his career, in 2006-07 and 2007-08. In 2006-07, he amassed an impressive 961 runs in the Pura Cup, averaging 53.38. This performance placed him third in the competition that season. He followed it up with another stellar season in 2007-08, scoring 947 runs at an average of 52.61. Despite Tasmania’s struggles as a team, Di Venuto consistently delivered with the bat.

Di Venuto retired from domestic cricket to pursue a three-year county deal with Durham in 2008. He made a significant impact during his time with the English club and played a crucial role in their County Championship triumph in 2009. That season, he scored a remarkable 1,601 runs at an average of 80.05, including six centuries. His highest score of 254 not out against Sussex and another double century against Nottinghamshire showcased his exceptional batting prowess.

Throughout his career, Di Venuto developed a reputation as a fearless player of the hook, pull, and square cut. English fans were captivated by his explosive stroke-play during his stints with Derbyshire and Durham. His dynamic style of play made him an entertaining player to watch and a nightmare for bowlers.

In 2012, Di Venuto decided to represent Italy, his country of origin, in the World Twenty20 Qualifiers. He retired from county cricket in July of the same year, realizing that he could no longer maintain the level of form required for first-class cricket. In recognition of his contributions to Durham, he scored 6,488 first-class runs during his six-year tenure.

Following his retirement from playing, Di Venuto transitioned into coaching. In February 2013, he was appointed as the batting coach for the Australian national cricket team, where he utilized his wealth of experience to mentor and guide future talents.

Throughout his career, Michael Di Venuto left an indelible mark on the sport. His explosive stroke-play and fearless approach to batting made him a fan favorite. Although his international career might not have reached the heights some expected, there is no denying his impact on domestic and county cricket. Di Venuto’s contributions to the game, both as a player and a coach, will always be remembered.

Michael Di Venuto Career Stats

Michael Di Venuto Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 9 9 0 241 89 26.77 281 85.76 0 2 28 0 1 0
FC 336 591 42 25200 254* 45.9 - - 60 146 - - 417 0
List A 302 296 18 9217 173* 33.15 - - 15 48 - - 123 0
T20s 54 52 5 1085 95* 23.08 913 118.83 0 7 148 9 10 0

Michael Di Venuto Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 9 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 336 - 807 484 5 1/0 - 96.8 3.59 161.4 - 0 0
List A 302 - 200 181 5 1/10 1/10 36.2 5.43 40 0 0 0
T20s 54 5 78 88 5 3/19 3/19 17.6 6.76 15.6 0 0 0

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