Robert Croft

Country: England
Born: May 25, 1970, Morriston, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Height: 5ft 11in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Robert Croft Bio

Robert Damien Bale Croft, widely known as Robert Croft, is an esteemed cricket player hailing from England. Born on May 25, 1970, in Morriston, Swansea, Croft developed a deep sense of Welsh patriotism which he often equated with his love for the England cricket team.

Throughout his career, Croft played as an offspinner, renowned for his astute bowling tactics and deceptive arm ball. While he initially gave the ball less flight, his skills evolved over time. With the bat, Croft primarily collected runs through front-foot drives, although his ability to play on the back-foot significantly improved after a challenging encounter with the Australian team in 1997.

Croft’s journey saw its fair share of ups and downs. His selection for the national team frequently fluctuated, prompting him to express his discontent when dropped in 2000, claiming he had had enough. Notwithstanding, he played a significant role in England’s one-day side from 1996 until the World Cup in 1999, captivating audiences with his guileful bowling during the Tests in New Zealand in 1996-97. Despite encountering a dip in confidence and losing his trademark flight and turn, Croft showcased his versatility when he saved the Old Trafford Test in 1998 with an admirable batting display that lasted over three hours.

In an attempt to reinvigorate his game, Croft experimented with new variations in 2000; however, they ultimately proved to be mere gimmicks. Nevertheless, he contributed to England’s success in Sri Lanka, effectively partnering with Ashley Giles after replacing Ian Salisbury. Sadly, his international career experienced a setback when he withdrew from England’s tour to India in November 2001 due to safety concerns. Although he was selected to tour Sri Lanka in 2003-04, he did not participate in any of the Tests. Shortly thereafter, in order to dedicate himself fully to captaining his beloved Glamorgan, Croft announced his retirement from international cricket.

In his role as captain, Croft flourished, leading Glamorgan to victory in the one-day league in 2004 and guiding them back to Division One of the Championship. He epitomized leadership on and off the field, consistently delivering exceptional performances as both a batsman and a bowler. In 2006, he stepped down as captain, passing the responsibilities to David Hemp. However, Croft’s impact remained significant, and in 2007 he signed a contract extension, openly acknowledging that he was nearing the twilight of his career. Driven by his ambition to reach the milestone of 1,000 first-class wickets, he continued to shine, becoming the first player in Glamorgan’s history to accomplish the 1,000-wicket, 10,000-run double in county cricket in 2010, at the age of 40. This remarkable feat elevated Croft to the esteemed group of players, including Trevor Bailey, Tony Brown, Tom Cartwright, Ray Illingworth, Derek Morgan, John Mortimore, Peter Sainsbury, and Fred Titmus, who achieved this extraordinary milestone in the post-war era. Additionally, during the same season, he secured his first-ever hat-trick against Gloucestershire, further solidifying his importance to Glamorgan’s success.

Croft’s dedication and commitment to the sport were evident throughout his career. He remained a vital component of Glamorgan’s setup in 2011 before ultimately bidding farewell to professional cricket. His legacy endures, leaving an indelible mark on Welsh cricket and inspiring countless emerging players to strive for excellence.

Robert Croft Career Stats

Robert Croft Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 21 34 8 421 37* 16.19 1160 36.29 0 0 50 2 10 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 50 36 12 345 32 14.37 519 66.47 0 0 23 2 11 0
FC 407 599 107 12880 143 26.17 - - 8 54 - - 177 0
List A 408 338 61 6490 143 23.42 - - 4 32 - - 94 0
T20s 88 50 13 696 62* 18.81 573 121.46 0 4 71 18 26 0

Robert Croft Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 21 31 4619 1825 49 5/95 7/143 37.24 2.37 94.2 1 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 50 49 2466 1743 45 3/51 3/51 38.73 4.24 54.8 0 0 0
FC 407 - 89156 41229 1175 8/66 - 35.08 2.77 75.8 - 51 9
List A 408 - 18511 13407 411 6/20 6/20 32.62 4.34 45 6 1 0
T20s 88 82 1731 2015 87 3/9 3/9 23.16 6.98 19.8 0 0 0

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