One of the greatest Australian cricket player: Michael Bevan
Michael Bevan is a former player of the Australian cricket team who played as a left-handed batsman and has a slow left arm chinaman bowling style. He was part of the 1993 and 2003 Australian teams when they won the World Cup. Bevan played 232 ODIs for his team and also possesses the honor of world record for his ODI batting average i.e. 53.58.
In List A cricket, he has an average that is above 58, the highest for any player to have scored 10,000 runs amongst the games enrolled in List A. Bevan made his first-class appearance in 1989-90 where he culminated a brilliant century in the very first innings.
In 1994-95, he had a very hopeful start to his test playing career wherein he acquired 82 in his debut innings and two half centuries in the first series that he played against Pakistan. His strong will-power and determined demeanor was witness in the World Cup of 2003 that Bevan entered in an injured condition, but in the final group game that was played against England, he entered the field pressured at 48 by 4. He brilliantly performed as an anchor for his team in the final over with a score of 74 runs.
Even though he won the title of Pura Cup Player of the Year for the time he played with Tasmania owing to the two-year contract he had, he managed to acquire a domestic record of 1463 runs in the Pura Cup that included eight centuries with an average of 97.60, there were no signs of Bevan entering the international arena once he was cut off by the Australian team selectors.
In January 2007, Bevan announced his retirements as his body had been under painstaking struggle over the last three years due to hip and heel problems. Today, he participated in the Beach Cricket Tri-Nations series, it was in January, 2011 that he was appointed as the coach for IPL.