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Michael Vaughan,Classy Batsman and one of the ‘Rara Avis’ of modern day cricket

Posted by sriramchewsthefat on July 1, 2009

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Michael VaughanHi,im going to write this post on Michael Vaughan,Former England Captain who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket Yesterday(June 30,2009).

From my title itself you can understand what Michael is all about.One of the classy batsman is modern cricket and there are only few players matching with Vaughan for his range of strokes.His cover drives and square cuts are treat to watch.He is also a good puller of the ball,so overall it is a treat for the spectarors to watch his strokes.He is the stylish player and i can compare his range of strokes with Dravid and Tendulkar.He is having a good technique and temperament to play good cricket strokes and waits for the loose balls to be punished.He is like a old contemporary cricketer ,and his batting strength relies on placement and timing which is rare to see in modern cricket.

His career has started in Yorkshire cricket club and he represented English Cricket team in the year 1999 against South africa at jo’berg.Then he became a regular member of the side after some good performances in Test cricket.Due to his performances in Test Cricket in the 2002/2003 season,he became a regular member in one day cricket.For me he is a good test batsman ,because he plays text book strokes and he can take his own time to settle down.He is a decent one day player but normally struggle to maintains the strike rate.

He took over the captaincy from Nasser Hussain in  july 2003 in both forms of the game and he is the most successful captain of all time for England in Test Cricket .Under his captaincy England won 7 test matches continously against Windies and New Zealand in may-august 2004 season inEngland.He is a shrewd leader ,and he took his decisions instinctively.

I think   ‘The Hightime of his life’ is in the year 2005,where  his team has achieved some new landmarks.England won the test series in South Africa for the first time since1965 in january 2005.And they have regained the Ashes  in 2005 after 16years from Austalia by beating 2-1 in September 2005

One of the main thing that troubled Vaughed was his Knee injury.After the Ashes series he hasn’t played that much cricket.In 2007 , he didnt participate in the Ashes because of the knee injury ,where England team under Flintoff’s captaincy lost the series 5-0 to Australia.He lost the ODI place after his team early exit (super 8’s) from the World Cup 2007.

Then in the same year he lost his first  test series in Home as a captain to India by 1-0.In the year 2008,he resigned the captaincy from test after his team lost the test series against SouthAfrica in England.

He made his decision yesterday(30-06-09),after he was overlooked from the English Cricket Squad for the past one year after he resigned his captaincy in 2008.

Some of his best performance and records of him:

As a player:

* Scored 615 runs in four Tests against India in 2002/2003 series where he scored his personal best of 197 in this series.

*Scored 633 runs in five Tests against Australia in 2002/2003 Ashes series in Australia and climbed to the top of the table after he scored a match winning 183 in the final test at Sydney.

*Holding the record of scoring most number of hundreds in Tests by an individual at the ‘MECCA OF CRICKET’ Lords.(i think he scored 4 hundreds at lords,correct it if im wrong!!!)

As a captain:

*His captaincy record in Test is 26 wins from his 51 matches.

*He is one of the most successful captain for England

*His team won the test series in South Africa after 40 years ,they have

achieved this feat in january 2005

* His team regained the Ashes after 16years  from Austalia in

September 2005.



82 matches—–>5719 Runs—–> 197 H.S—>41.44 Avg—->18 hundreds


86 matches—>1982uns—–>90* H.S—>27.15 Avg—>16 fifties—>0,100’s


2matches—–>27 Runs—–>27 H.S—>13.50 Avg—>0 fifties

Some of  Vaughan‘s lines  during the announcement of his retirement in Press Conference:

“I want to be remembered as a nice player on the eye to watch, and as someone who gave my all. I leave with no regrets. I captained with an instinctive nature and I was fortunate to lead a determined team that played with an aggressive style.”

From my point of view,We are going to miss one of the ‘rara avis’ in Modern day cricket.I wish him best of luck for his future ahead.


The source of the photo i used in this post  is from wikipedia.

i have added the link of the original photo in the next  line,

Thanks for reading this post.Next time i will came up with different topic.Feel free to comment.



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