Cricket Player Profiles: Mike Gatting

Mike Gatting is a former English cricket player. This great right hand batsman played for England for nearly 20 years. He also bowled occasionally (right arm medium pace). He led the English team in 23 test matches. He was one of the five Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1984.

Gatting Played for England

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Currently he is serving as a co-opted member of the Middlesex C.C.C. Executive Board. He is also an elected member of the M.C.C. Committee. People close to him call him "Gatt". This natural cricketer led the English side to Ashes win in 1986-87.

Ashes 1986-87; Fifth Test

Gatting was born on June 6 1957 in Kingsbury, England. He started his sporting career as a football player. He used to play for Watford reserves. Later on he took up cricket as he was told that he was too short to succeed in football. He was a great success in domestic cricket.

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Gatting made his international debut against Pakistan in 1978 and his ODI debut against the same nation in the year 1977. However he took a long time to establish himself as an international cricketer. His first test century came in his 54th innings. He played 79 tests and 92 ODIs. He was an expert in handling spinners.

This powerful middle order batsman was known for his bravery on the field. He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1987. This pugnacious batsman is remembered for his argument with umpire Shakoor Rana in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was warned by the umpire for making changes in the field after the bowler had started his run up even though it was not illegal in that situation. The umpire declared the ball as a "Dead ball".

Gatting was infuriated as that was one of the many wrong decisions by the umpire. When Rana said that Gatting broke the rules, the latter replied by saying, "We made the rules". The umpire refused to resume the match. Gatting issued a written apology, but under protest. Unfortunately this was one of the main reasons for this bold cricketer to lose his captaincy.

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This belligerent player led the "Rebel tour" to South Africa. This had a negative impact on his playing career. Gatting was the victim of Shane Warne's "Ball of the Century". He played his last test match against Australia in 1995. Gatting retired from all forms of the game in 1998. However he continues to contribute to the game in various capacities.

Mike Gatting Career Statistics

Competition
Test
ODI
Matches
79
92
Runs
4409
2095
Batting Average
35.55
29.50
Top Score
207
115*
  • Gatting was a right hand batsman.
  • Gatting led England in 23 test matches.
  • Mike Gatting let his side to Ashes victory in 1986-87.
  • Gatting was awarded an OBE in 1987.
  • Gatting was the victim of Warne's "Ball of the century".

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