Ray Jennings

Country: South Africa
Born: August 09, 1954, Vanderbijlpark, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat

Ray Jennings Bio

Raymond Vernon Jennings, widely known as Ray Jennings, is a former professional cricketer from South Africa. Born on August 25, 1954, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jennings had a career that almost entirely coincided with his country’s isolation from international cricket. He primarily played as a wicket-batsman and represented Transvaal and Northern Transvaal consistently throughout his career.

Jennings’ cricket journey began in domestic cricket, where he quickly established himself as a dependable player. With his superb wicketkeeping skills and impressive batting abilities, he became an ever-present figure for Transvaal and Northern Transvaal. His consistent performances earned him the position of South Africa’s number one wicketkeeper for over a decade, making him an integral part of the team during those isolated years.

Although Jennings’ talent and dedication projected him as the natural choice for wicketkeeping duties upon South Africa’s re-entry into international cricket, fate had other plans. Despite being 38 years old, the selectors opted to hand the gloves to Dave Richardson instead, leaving Jennings with limited opportunities to represent his country. He only managed to make 14 appearances for South Africa, all against rebel touring sides during that brief period.

However, Jennings did not let this setback dampen his passion for the sport. He continued to contribute to cricket in different ways, first by transitioning into the role of a coach. Known for his immense discipline and commitment to fitness, it was no surprise when he took up coaching positions at Gauteng, Easterns, and later, South Africa A.

In a surprising turn of events, in October 2004, Jennings was appointed as the head coach of the South African national cricket team. Many were taken aback by this decision as Jennings had a reputation for speaking his mind bluntly, often causing controversy. Nonetheless, his selection was a testament to his extensive knowledge and experience within the cricket fraternity.

During his coaching tenure, Jennings oversaw the Under-19 team in the 2008 World Cup held in Malaysia, showcasing his dedication to nurturing young talent. Following his successful stint with the junior team, he was appointed as the coach of the Bangalore Royal Challengers for the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2009. His coaching abilities, coupled with his strong work ethic, left a lasting impact on both the national and international cricketing arenas.

As a cricketer, Jennings faced numerous challenges due to the political climate of his time. Nevertheless, his unwavering commitment to the game propelled him to become one of South Africa’s most respected figures in cricket. His contributions as a player, coach, and mentor continue to inspire future generations, exemplifying the true essence of determination and perseverance.

Today, Ray Jennings serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers, encouraging them to chase their dreams regardless of the obstacles they may face. His legacy in the cricketing world remains intact, and his passion for the game continues to shine through as he remains an active advocate for the growth and development of cricket in South Africa.

Ray Jennings Career Stats

Ray Jennings Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 159 220 46 4160 168 23.9 - - 3 15 - - 567 54
List A 148 93 36 1152 81 20.21 - - 0 2 - - 187 19
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Ray Jennings Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 159 - 6 1 0 - - - 1 - 0 0 0
List A 148 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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