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Famous New Zealand Cricket Player Craig McMillan

by on November 21, 2012
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Famous New Zealand Cricket Player Craig McMillan

Born on 13 Sep 1976, Craig Douglas McMillan was regarded as a very dangerous right-handed batsman. He had his own distinctive style of playing and he hardly ever let a bowler dictate terms to him. He also bowled medium pace occasionally, but his belligerence was evident even in that. He was known to bowl many bouncers to the batsman. He made his debut on 7 November 1997 against the arch nemesis Australia. That was obviously, after he made his ODI debut on 20 May 1997. He made a successful comeback to the New Zealand side in 2007 and sparkled in T20 World cup in South Africa.

In 197 one day international matches, McMillan scored 4704 runs at an average of 28.18 including three hundreds and 28 fifties. His highest ODI score was 117 runs. In test cricket, McMillan scored 3116 runs at an average of 38.46 including six hundreds and 19 fifties. His highest test score was 142 runs. McMillan is knowing for having a calm face in addition to calm attitude as well. He performed calmly even under pressure and has a very soft hand on all shots he plays.

People generally think that he did not do justice to his talent and he could have been another Martin Crowe for New Zealand. He made three ODI 100s and 2 of them were against the Pakistani attack of late 90s and early 2000s, which was widely regarded as one of the best in that time. He hit Younus Khan for 26 runs in an over, which was a world record at that time. He also scored the fastest ODI hundred for New Zealand on two different occasions. When Jacob Oram broke the record for fastest hundred, he reclaimed it in 2007 when he scored a hundred of 67 balls to reclaim the fastest 100 in ODI by a New Zealander. His last international engagement was the T20 world cup in South Africa where he performed brilliantly with bat to score 167 runs at an average of 40.75.

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