Phillip Anthony Jason DeFreitas is a retired player of the English cricket team who played county cricket for Derbyshire, Lancashire and Leicester shire. He also appeared in 103 One Day Internationals and 44 Test matches. DeFreitas expertise was his dynamic bowling and flawless fielding. He was a part of the English Cricket team which played 1992 World Cup cricket final against Pakistan Cricket team which was led by Imran Khan.
Daffy, as he was nicknamed, made his first-class debut in 1985 for Leicestershire playing against the Oxford University. He made a superb bowling record of 3.4-2-3-3 while the subsequent year bequeathed him with enhanced performance wherein he made his maiden century against at no. 9 and won 94 wickets. DeFreitas was then selected for the Ashes tour to be undertaken in 1986-87. The best Test series he had been: against West Indies in 1991 where he won 22 wickets, and against New Zealand in 1994 where he bagged 21 wickets. He was honored with the prestigious award of Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1992.
In April 2005, DeFreitas announced his retirement. He was the 100th player to have won 100 wickets in Test cricket: quite a prestigious honor it is. Daffy today teaches at Magdalen College School located in Oxford after serving as a Cricket Mater for the Oakham School in 2009.
DeFreitas is remembered well by the Cricket fans from all over the world. As a bowler, he made his mark in one day international cricket as well as Test Cricket. England cricket has produced many great players in the field of ODI and Test cricket and there is no doubt about the fact that Philip DeFreitas is one of them.
New Zealand is country to have had produced some very good batsmen through out their history but the opening spot has always been very turbulent since playing the new ball is an art that only a few players have been polished themselves in doing. Martin Guptill, is the Kiwi answer to the world for a strong headed, well equipped opener in both forms of the game.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1986, Martin Guptill is a right-handed opening batsman of New Zealand cricket team who has come through the ranks playing some memorable innings in the junior and the first class sides. Making his ODI debut against the West Indies in 2009, the tall youngster Guptill has represented his national side in 44 ODIs thus far. Scoring at a respectable average of 34.47 Martin Guptill of New Zealand cricket team has a total of 1,310 runs to his name with 9 fifties and an emphatic century, 122*, which also happens to be his highest ODI score. The thing worth a note here is the fact that this century came in his debut, which distinguishes him as the first kiwi batsman to score a hundred on his ODI debut. Apart from the immense talent he possesses with the bat, Guptill is a very good fielder, may it be in the ‘slips’ or the out field, he gives his 100%.
With the kiwis not known for their liking to the spinners, Martin Guptill seems to be an exception since in the recent tour of Pakistan to New Zealand he seemed comfortable playing the class spin attack from the sub continent and amassed decent runs against them.
With 2011 Cricket World Cup being his first big outing, Martin Guptill would surely try and live up to the expectations, of his selectors and the nation who have unfortunately been through excruciating times owing to the earth quake, and score some big runs.