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Popular English bowler of English cricket team: Darren Gough

by on November 8, 2012
in England, Profiles

Famous English cricket bowler: Darren Gough

Popular cricket player Darren Gough, a former captain of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, is a retired player of the English cricket team. Although he had more of footballer skills but he ended up being a bowler for England cricket team. His addition in English team became important due to his wicket taking ability although he was really bad with the bat. But as long as he bowled for England, he was considered as an essential player for the team. In addition, he was loved for his personality. 

For most part of the 1990s, Gough led the bowling attack for his team and thereby stands as the highest wicket-taker for England in ODIs with 234 wickets and in 58 Test matches, he bagged 229 wickets. Such feats won him the standing of being England’s 9th most successful wicket-taker. The most memorable highlight of Gough’s test career is when he claimed 23rd test hat-trick against Australia in Sydney series in 1999. 

Being a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler, Gough possessed a good approach to the wicket and had a leaping sideways on-action. His bowling style was this referred to as skiddy fast bowling. Gough earned most of his wickets through lbw, largely because of inswinging delivery. It was in 1994 when he was first selected for the English team after which he then played for Test and ODI cricket, both. In 2005, Gough also played for the World XI in World Cricket Tsunami Appeal, an ODI against the Asian XI.

Gough announced his retirement at the end of the season of 2008. In mid 2009, he became a supporter of the Conservative party and in 2011, David Cameron invited to be a part of the Conservative Party in the Barnsley Central by-election which was later declined owing to his other commitments. He has also been part of various tv shows particularly of sports nature.

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