Mike Gatting

Country: England
Born: June 06, 1957, Kingsbury, Middlesex
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Top order Batter

Mike Gatting Bio

Michael William Gatting, widely known as Mike Gatting, is a former professional cricketer from England who left an indelible mark on the sport. Born on June 6, 1957, in Kingsbury, London, Gatting’s distinctive appearance, with his jutting beard and strutting gait, became as much a part of Lord’s Cricket Ground as the iconic Father Time himself. Despite his stocky build, Gatting’s prowess as a batsman was unparalleled, making him a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field.

Gatting’s journey towards cricket stardom began at an early age when his natural talent was recognized by the selectors, who chose him for the national team’s tour of Pakistan in 1977-1978, when he was just 20 years old. However, it took him seven long years and 54 test innings before he made his first century. He showcased his resilience and determination when he scored a gutsy 136 in a challenging situation in Bombay, an innings that finally revealed his true potential to the cricketing world. This performance earned him widespread acclaim, with even the British press breaking their silence to applaud him.

In addition to his batting prowess, Gatting’s leadership skills became evident when he was bestowed with the captaincy for the English team a year later. His captaincy style was marked by an assertive and bristling quality, mirroring his aggressive batting style. Under his leadership, the English cricket team tasted a momentous victory in the ashes series of 1986-1987, a win that surprised and delighted fans worldwide. However, it was during the same year that Gatting’s bristling nature got the better of him during a controversial argument with Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana. This incident caused a wave of shock and outcry among the cricketing community, tarnishing Gatting’s reputation.

The fallout from the altercation had long-lasting consequences for Gatting’s career. Despite his exceptional leadership and contribution to the team, he was controversially sacked six months later, ostensibly due to an alleged sexual encounter with a barmaid. The selectors attempted to reinstate him in 1989, but their choice was vetoed. In a fit of pique and sadness, Gatting decided to form a rebel cricket team that toured South Africa, a move that further distanced him from the captaincy role.

Throughout his cricketing career, Gatting was known for his sense of fair play and lack of subtlety, traits that may have worked against him in a sport dominated by cunning and strategic minds. Despite the setbacks he faced, Gatting remains a highly respected figure in English cricket, with his contributions to the game extending far beyond his playing days. He has continued to be involved in cricket administration, coaching, and media.

Mike Gatting’s unwavering determination, immense talent, and captivating personality have made him a legendary figure in the annals of cricket history. His impact on the sport will forever be remembered, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations of aspiring cricketers to come.

Mike Gatting Career Stats

Mike Gatting Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 79 138 14 4409 207 35.55 9764 45.15 10 21 552 11 59 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 92 88 17 2095 115* 29.5 2968 70.58 1 9 165 11 22 0
FC 551 861 123 36549 258 49.52 - - 94 181 - - 493 0
List A 551 508 79 14476 143* 33.74 - - 12 87 - - 177 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Mike Gatting Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 79 32 752 317 4 1/14 1/14 79.25 2.52 188 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 92 14 392 336 10 3/32 3/32 33.6 5.14 39.2 0 0 0
FC 551 - 10061 4703 158 5/34 - 29.76 2.8 63.6 - 2 0
List A 551 - 6234 4817 175 6/26 6/26 27.52 4.63 35.6 4 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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