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Famous English Cricket Player Geoffrey Boycott

by on November 21, 2012
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Famous English Cricket Player Geoffrey Boycott

When the lanky young man put on his England cap for his debut on 4 June 1964, no one would have suspected that this brilliant career was going to last nearly 18 years. And when finally he will hang up his boots in 1982, he would have scored over 8000 test runs and would have already become one of the most successful opening batsmen, who ever played for England. He was a right-handed batsman, Geoffrey Boycott, born on 21 October 1940. He is widely regarded as a brilliant, but controversial player. Many of his detractors believe that he was a selfish person and player, while his supporters think that though he was not very outgoing, but he was not selfish.

In test cricket, Boycott scored 8114 runs at an average of 47.72 including fifty fifties and 22 hundreds. His highest test score was 246 runs. He wasn’t a prominent player of one day international format because his main focus was on test which paid off well. He is an absolutely delightful commentator of cricket, loved by almost all cricket fans.

His playing career is stuffed with records that he made playing for England or for his county Yorkshire. He had an obsession to win. He wanted to excel in his sport and his long and illustrious career is a testament to the fact. He was nominated as one of the Wisden’s cricketers of the year as early as in 1965. He also holds the unique record that he twice averaged over 100 in a first class county season. It is also unique in the sense that he was the first English player in the history of cricket to do it. He did it in 1971 and 1979. He was named the captain of the Yorkshire County in 1972, until he was relieved in 1978. He finished his first class career in 1986 and ICC named him in cricket’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

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