Popular Australian cricket player: Gregory Stephen Chappell
Gregory Stephen Chappell, more commonly known as Greg, was second of the three Chappell brothers who captained the Australian cricket team from 1975-1977 and before he joined the captaincy again in 1979 up till his retirement, Chappell joined the WSC organization. Chappell was a man who was perceived to be finest batsman Australia has who performed with immense determination and had an aggressive aura around him. He was an outstanding all-rounder who had a medium-paced bowling style and possessed the world record for his feat of maximum number of catches in Test cricket.
Chappell played 87 test matches where he scored 7110 runs at an average of 53.86 including 24 centuries and 31 fifties. He played 74 ODI matches where he scored 2331 runs at an average of 40.18 including 14 fifties and 3 hundreds.
It was in the season of 1969-70 wherein he hit a score of 400 and won a tour to New Zealand. It was then that he scored 519 runs at an average of 57.70 and proved to be a highlight of the tour. He made an outstanding century in his debut when he partnered with Ian Redpath to feat a score of 219 runs and tow his team out of a muddling scenario. It didn’t take him long to accomplished another 102 runs in a tour innings against England. The season of 1975-75 were totally ruled by Greg where he made a first-class record of 1547 runs consisting of five centuries averaging 85.9. Having been appointed as the Australian captain, Greg Chappell became more determined and initiated with a mark of century in every innings and won the first Test played against West Indies. The team made a win of 5-1 and triumphed the title of ‘Unofficial World Champions’.
Post retirement, Greg worked as a commentator, consultant for the Pakistan National Cricket Academy, and was inducted into the honorable Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2002.