Richard Illingworth

Country: England
Born: August 23, 1963, Greengates, Bradford, Yorkshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Richard Illingworth Bio

Richard Keith Illingworth, born on November 23, 1963, in Bradford, England, is a retired English cricketer who left his mark on the sport with his steady left-arm spin and impeccable bowling accuracy. With his clipped moustache and composed demeanor, Illingworth became known for bowling maiden overs and building up pressure on the opposition.

Illingworth’s career began to flourish in 1991 when he was selected for both the one-day and Test teams of England. Making an instant impact, he took a wicket with his very first ball in Test cricket, showcasing his natural talent and expertise. However, it soon became evident that his style of play was better suited for limited-overs cricket, and he was primarily utilized in the shorter formats of the game.

His most notable achievement came in the 1992 World Cup, where Illingworth played a crucial role in England’s journey to the final. Known for his ability to restrict runs and apply pressure on the batsmen, he became a vital member of the team’s bowling attack and played a pivotal role in their success.

Although Illingworth made a comeback to Test cricket in 1995 and enjoyed a successful tour of South Africa, he struggled to secure a consistent place in the side due to stiff competition from the more talented Phil Tufnell. Despite this setback, Illingworth remained a resilient player and continued to contribute to his county team, Worcestershire, as a determined No. 8 batsman. Impressively, he even managed to score three centuries as a nightwatchman during his career.

However, Illingworth’s time at Worcestershire came to an abrupt end in 2000 when he was sidelined from the team. His request for a one-day contract for the following year was also rejected, leaving him with limited options. Nevertheless, Derbyshire saw potential in the experienced cricketer and promptly signed him on a two-year contract, offering him a chance to revive his career.

Unfortunately, Illingworth’s time at Derbyshire marked the twilight of his cricketing journey. As his performances declined, he gradually lost his grip on the sport, leading to his retirement at the end of the 2002 season. Despite this, his contributions to the game were acknowledged, and in 2006, he was appointed as a full member of the first-class umpires list.

Throughout his career, Illingworth displayed an unwavering dedication to the sport, continually honing his skills and adapting to the demands of the game. His reliability as a bowler and ability to stifle opposition batsmen made him an asset to any team he represented. Even though Illingworth may not have achieved the same level of recognition as other cricketers of his time, his impact on the field and his resilience in the face of challenges will forever be remembered.

Richard Illingworth Career Stats

Richard Illingworth Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 14 7 128 28 18.28 399 32.08 0 0 15 0 5 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 11 5 68 14 11.33 119 57.14 0 0 4 0 8 0
FC 376 435 122 7027 120* 22.45 - - 4 21 - - 161 0
List A 381 185 87 1458 53* 14.87 - - 0 1 - - 93 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Richard Illingworth Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 9 13 1485 615 19 4/96 6/150 32.36 2.48 78.1 1 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 25 1501 1059 30 3/33 3/33 35.3 4.23 50 0 0 0
FC 376 - 65868 26213 831 7/50 - 31.54 2.38 79.2 - 27 6
List A 381 - 16918 11157 412 5/24 5/24 27.08 3.95 41 8 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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