Paul Strang

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: July 28, 1970, Bulawayo
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Bowler

Paul Strang Bio

Paul Andrew Strang is a former Zimbabwean cricket player known for his exceptional all-round skills. Born on August 28, 1970, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Strang made a significant impact on the cricketing world during his career, particularly with his remarkable legspin, handy lower-order batting, and outstanding fielding abilities.

Strang was a versatile bowler, capable of delivering a wide range of variations to bamboozle the opposition batsmen. His arsenal included regular legbreaks, a deceptive googly, an accurate topspinner, and a well-disguised flipper. Throughout his career, he honed his control and steadily improved his craft, becoming a more threatening force on the international stage.

An integral part of Zimbabwe’s exceptional fielding side, Strang often found himself stationed in the covers or backward point area. His athleticism, agility, and lightning-quick reflexes made him one of the finest fielders to grace the cricket field. Whether it was diving to pluck catches out of thin air or executing direct hits to effect crucial run-outs, Strang’s presence in the field always made a significant impact on the game.

Strang showcased his capabilities as a batsman when the team faced adversity and urgently needed runs. It was during the 1996-97 series against Pakistan at Sheikhapura that he scored his maiden and only century in Test cricket. Demonstrating his resilience and nerve under pressure, Strang’s century cemented his reputation as a gritty middle-order batsman, capable of turning the tide of a match with his timely contributions.

However, what set Strang apart from his peers was his fighting spirit and selfless approach to the game. Regardless of the circumstances, he always displayed immense determination and team spirit. This was best exemplified by his outstanding performance in a Test match against New Zealand in 2000-01, where he achieved the rare feat of scoring a century and picking up five wickets in a single innings. Additionally, Strang greatly cherished his 87-run partnership with his brother, Bryan, a testament to their strong bond on and off the field.

One of the major highlights of Strang’s career was his remarkable figures of 8 for 109 against New Zealand in Bulawayo in 2000-01, which at the time stood as the best-ever performance by a Zimbabwean cricketer in Test cricket. However, his international career was unfortunately cut short due to a chronic muscular injury in his bowling hand, limiting his involvement in the sport.

Undeterred by this setback, Strang sought opportunities overseas to further develop his skill set. He spent two seasons playing for Kent and Nottinghamshire in England, gaining valuable experience and exposure to different playing conditions. Later on, he moved to New Zealand, where he ventured into coaching and worked with Auckland A. John Ward.

Strang’s contribution to Zimbabwean cricket will always be remembered, not only for his exceptional skills as a player but also for the passion and dedication he brought to the game. His ability to perform under pressure, exceptional fielding prowess, and commitment to the team’s success have left an indelible mark in the history of Zimbabwean cricket.

Paul Strang Career Stats

Paul Strang Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 24 41 10 839 106* 27.06 1918 43.74 1 2 92 3 15 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 95 73 24 1090 47 22.24 1651 66.02 0 0 - - 30 0
FC 107 157 37 3613 154 30.1 - - 3 17 - - 96 0
List A 180 140 41 1941 52* 19.6 - - 0 1 - - 64 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Paul Strang Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 24 38 5720 2522 70 8/109 10/158 36.02 2.64 81.7 3 4 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 95 89 4351 3173 96 5/21 5/21 33.05 4.37 45.3 2 2 0
FC 107 - 21747 9933 324 8/109 - 30.65 2.74 67.1 - 17 3
List A 180 - 8015 5743 193 6/32 6/32 29.75 4.29 41.5 6 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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