Mike Denness

Country: England
Born: December 01, 1940, Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Height: 5ft 11in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Top order Batter
Died: April 19, 2013 (aged 72y 139d)

Mike Denness Bio

Michael Henry Denness was a distinguished cricketer hailing from England, known for his elegant style of play and his immaculate presence both on and off the field. Standing tall and slim, Denness possessed a perfect balance in his game, bolstered by an array of exquisite strokes that mesmerized spectators during his prime.

Born on December 1, 1940, Denness was destined for greatness in the world of cricket. His dedication to the sport was evident from a young age, and he honed his skills to become one of the most stylish batsmen of his time. With a keen eye for detail, Denness paid equal attention to his attire, always impeccably dressed and setting a high standard for professionalism.

Denness’s talents were recognized when he was appointed as the captain of the England cricket team after the dismissal of Ray Illingworth. However, his captaincy stint was marred by the lack of support from one of his key players, Geoff Boycott. Boycott, who had long coveted the captaincy himself, played only the initial six out of Denness’s 19 Tests as captain. The absence of Boycott proved to be a fatal blow for England, especially during their tour of Australia in 1974-75, where they succumbed to the fearsome bowling duo of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.

Despite the challenges he faced, Denness accepted his fate with graceful resolve. Deposed after Australia’s victory in the first Test of 1975 at Edgbaston, he displayed dignity and professionalism in stepping down from the captaincy. Denness’s ability to handle defeat with composure and sportsmanship earned him respect from both teammates and opponents alike.

Following his retirement from playing cricket, Denness ventured into the role of an ICC match referee. However, his tenure came under scrutiny due to a controversial decision he made during a match between India and South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 2001-02. Denness’s decision to sanction six Indian players, including the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, sparked outrage and resulted in the Indian and South African boards barring Denness from officiating in the subsequent match at Centurion. In response, the ICC withdrew Test status from the game, highlighting the magnitude of the controversy surrounding the incident.

Unfortunately, Denness’s life was cut short due to a battle with cancer. He passed away in April 2013, with his final days spent as the president of Kent. Denness left behind an inspiring legacy, having showcased the epitome of elegance and grace in his play while embodying the values of sportsmanship and integrity throughout his career.

Michael Henry Denness will be remembered not only as a remarkable cricketer but as a quintessential gentleman of the game. His stylishness, both on and off the field, made him an iconic figure, and his contributions to English cricket will forever remain etched in the annals of the sport’s history.

Mike Denness Career Stats

Mike Denness Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 28 45 3 1667 188 39.69 - - 4 7 192 2 28 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 12 11 2 264 66 29.33 417 63.3 0 1 17 2 1 0
FC 501 838 65 25886 195 33.48 - - 33 152 - - 410 0
List A 232 219 21 5393 118* 27.23 - - 6 28 - - 94 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Mike Denness Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 28 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 12 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 501 - 84 62 2 1/7 - 31 4.42 42 - 0 0
List A 232 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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