One of the best fast bowlers of New Zealand cricket team: Shane Bond
Shane Bond stands as the best fast bowler that New Zealand had every since Sir Richard Hadlee. He is a renowned name in the cricket arcade who represented the New Zealand cricket team in Test, ODIs and 20-20 International cricket. He was a right-arm fast bowler and was recognized for fast and furious demeanor.
Due to his world record breaking speed in the season of 2001-02 with 150km/h, Bond was considered a fast bowler who played with immense accuracy and command. In the ODIs where the statics of players having bowled a minimum of 1000 balls, he maintained a record of a brilliant strike rate of 27.5 alongside the 3rd best average of 19.32. Taking the stats to a minimum of 2000 balls, Bond had a test strike rate of 38.8 which is ranked at 4in the all-time list while his average of 22.39 presently is ranked at 2nd amongst the existing players.
In 1997, Bond made his first-class debut playing for Canterbury in New Zealand domestic cricket. Even though he was not able to focus on his career after joining the New Zealand Police in 1999, he returned for multiple games and despite the one year break he had, he had quite a levelheaded success. Coming to his International Career, Bond had his first chance to play at an International level in the season of 2001-02 when he toured to Australia and earned himself the award of Player of the Tournament by winning 21 wickets though the nine games. His 2002 tour of the West Indies bequeathed him with the title of the side’s Top Wicket-Taker in its first ever won series in the Caribbean.
Throughout his career, Bond played a strong rival for the Australian team. In 2002, it was this cricket player who contributed to New Zealand’s win over the Australian cricket team by getting 5/25. Even in the World Cup, Bond made a feat of 6/23 against Australia again. This was his most excellent bowling feat in a One Day International at the time. Bond was titled on 23rd January, 2007 as the 2nd Fastest Bowler in history who had won 100 one-day wickets while by 16th May, 2007, Bond was honored with the prestigious award of New Zealand Cricket of the Year owing to his best bowling performance during the season of 2006-07. In the following September, bond was also named as the Best Performing Test Side over the past in the ICC.
Post retirement, Shane Edward Bond is now an Assistant Coach for the Central Stags in domestic cricket and also represents his team in the 2010 Champions League.