Mark Waugh was a batsman who made batting beautiful and inspired a whole cricket playing generation. Australia’s Test and ODI legend, Mark Waugh is the legend of cricket was a gifted cricketer whose timing was perfect. Since his teens, he was hell-bent on cricket. Waugh of artistic character, loved to take risks and played extravagant shots going out of his comfort zone. His easy brilliance and unpredictable style made the game all the more entertaining. When it looks like he has full control, in the next ball he gets out. Mark was always very calm and composed on the field.
Waugh made his debut playing for Australia in test series of 1990-91 against England at the Adelaide Oval and achieved a milestone by scoring an unbelievable 138 runs. He soon became an impactful player in the so very powerful Australian Test cricket team, from his debut in 1991 to his last match in 2002 against Pakistan. The right-handed batsman Mark had propensity for elegant run scoring. It seemed like he could read the bowler’s mind. Waugh has 8029 runs to his name in 209 test innings consisting of 20 centuries and 47 half-centuries. In One Day Internationals, Mark proved himself as an impressive opener for Australia. In 239 ODI’s his score card boasts of 8500 runs with a strike rate of 76.90 and 18 centuries and 50 half-centuries.
Mark Waugh is the legend of cricket
He is also one-half of one of the world’s most prolific ODI pair. Mark Waugh/ Adam Gilchrist partnership has scored 3853 runs at an average of 41.43. His one of the best innings include match against New Zealand in 1996 world cup quarter-final where he scored a century and displayed some awesome square drives. Other highlights were his 126 against the West Indies in 1995 to clinch the Frank Worrell Trophy, peeling three centuries in the 1996 ODI World Cup and he also scored 153 not out, his highest in a test in India in 1998 despite being awfully sick. Other laurels include being named the Sheffield Shield player of the year twice with an excellent batting average of 50. Mark is the 38th man inducted into the Australian cricket Hall of Fame.
Cricket: Bat and Ball Game
The second slip positioned was rightly owned by Mark Waugh. Waugh’s brilliant hand-eye coordination, well-balanced stance, incredible set of buttery soft hands and calm but sharp mind ensured no opportunities were ever lost. His thinking was to let the ball catch you and not the other way round. Australian bowlers knew with Waugh in the cordon an edge would definitely be converted into a catch. He is by far the best slip fielder of his time taking about 289 spectacular catches, holding a world record for most Test catches by a non wicket-keeper by taking 181 catches. He has also taken 59 Test wickets at an average of 41.16. He was simply a genius.
Mark Waugh’s innings show consistency. He has scored some tough runs. He is one of the most elegant and delightful stroke makers. He has helped a great deal in making the Australian team develop into dominant sporting team of the era. Mark’s career saw a few ups and downs, be it dropping three catches in one innings or getting accused for accepting money for leaking information to a bookmaker. But he bounced back and rose above all the criticism surrounding him. His 12 years long and illustrious career is full of shining moments, which millions of cricket fans have been lucky to witness. Be it batting, bowling or fielding, playing ODI’s or Tests, he was a treat to watch. In 2002 he took retirement and left the cricket world waiting for the arrival of another player like him.