Michael Vandort

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: January 19, 1980, Colombo
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium

Michael Vandort Bio

Michael Graydon Vandort, born on December 19, 1979, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is a former professional cricketer who represented the Sri Lankan national team in Test and One-Day International (ODI) matches. Vandort, a tall left-hander, made his mark in the cricketing world with his impressive performances for Colombo Cricket Club and Sri Lanka A.

Despite being a late bloomer, Vandort showcased his talent in his debut first-class match for St Joseph’s First XI, leaving a lasting impression on the selectors. As a result, he was chosen to play for a Board XI against India in August 2001, which led to his inclusion in Sri Lanka’s 16-man Test squad. Although he spent most of the series on the sidelines, he finally received his opportunity a few months later when senior players were rested for a Test against Bangladesh. Vandort seized the moment and scored a magnificent century to substantiate his place in the team.

However, despite his brilliant performance, Vandort had to wait for almost three and a half years before he was given another chance to represent Sri Lanka. This extended period of absence was primarily due to the established opening partnership of Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu, which limited opportunities for other players. Nonetheless, many cricket enthusiasts and analysts believe that Vandort had been unfairly overlooked by the selectors during this period.

Finally, an injury to Sanath Jayasuriya provided Vandort with the opportunity to make his One-Day International (ODI) debut against Australia at Melbourne in February 2006. Displaying his grit and determination, Vandort showcased his skills with a slow but resolute 48 runs, emerging as the top scorer for his team. However, despite this noteworthy performance, he was dropped for the remainder of the series.

Following his ODI debut, Vandort played two Test matches during the series against Bangladesh, further highlighting his ability to withstand pressure and display his technical prowess. He established himself as a proficient front-foot player, excelling in both the off-side and leg-side. Additionally, Vandort garnered recognition for his exceptional skills as a slip fielder, despite being considered slow in the field, which ultimately limited his opportunities in limited-overs cricket.

Throughout his career, Vandort was known for his resolute mindset and the determination he brought to the field. He possessed the ability to occupy the crease for prolonged periods, frustrating bowlers with his defensive technique and solid decision-making.

Michael Vandort retired from international cricket in 2010, concluding his career with 20 Test matches and 31 ODIs to his name. While his opportunities were limited by strong competition and injuries to his teammates, Vandort’s contribution to Sri Lankan cricket should not be undermined. His consistency and perseverance in face of adversity showcased his immense talent and commitment to the game.

Today, Vandort remains involved in the cricketing fraternity, sharing his insights and experience as a coach, passing down his knowledge to aspiring young cricketers. His contribution to Sri Lankan cricket will always be remembered, and his journey serves as a testament to the value of determination, resilience, and dedication in one’s pursuit of excellence in the sport.

Michael Vandort Career Stats

Michael Vandort Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 20 33 2 1144 140 36.9 2421 47.25 4 4 132 6 6 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 0 48 48 48 117 41.02 0 0 3 0 0 0
FC 171 287 16 8938 251 32.98 - - 20 41 - - 121 0
List A 105 103 12 3116 118 34.24 - - 5 16 - - 31 0
T20s 17 16 1 212 42 14.13 239 88.7 0 0 21 5 8 0

Michael Vandort Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 20 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 171 - 67 62 1 1/46 - 62 5.55 67 0 0 0
List A 105 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s 17 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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