Full name Bevan Ernest Congdon
Born February 11, 1938, Motueka, Tasman
Current age 78 years 170 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago, Wellington
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Jan 22-26, 1965 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at Lord's, Aug 24-28, 1978 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Feb 11, 1973 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 17, 1978 scorecard|
|First-class span||1960/61 - 1977/78|
|List A span||1969/70 - 1978|
Bev Congdon was one of the finest allround cricketers ever produced by New Zealand, and was a model professional both on and off the field. Congdon was a technically correct batsman with tremendous powers of concentration - as evidenced by his back-to-back big hundreds against England in 1973 - but was also able to play in a cavalier manner when the occasion demanded. He supplemented this with sound fielding and medium-pace in and outswingers. He led New Zealand with distinction to their first Test win over Australia (after putting Australia in), and but for dropped catches would probably have recorded a momentus win over England at Lord's in 1973. Unlike many, he thrived on the captaincy and his batting seemed the better for the responsibility. Under his tenure New Zealand emerged from Test cricket's perennial losers into a side to be respected.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1974
Awarded OBE for services to cricket
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"