August 20, 2013

Jesse Ryder's trysts with infamy

ESPNcricinfo staff
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder was recently banned from cricket for six months following a failed drugs test, but this has not been his first transgression

May 27, 2007 - Jesse Ryder, having been recruited by Ireland as an overseas professional, said he was "sick" of playing for New Zealand A, insisting that his domestic performances ought to have warranted a call-up to the senior squad.

February 26, 2008 - Ryder, while celebrating New Zealand's series victory over England, broke the window of a locked toilet at a Christchurch bar which severed the tendons on his right hand and ruled him out of cricket for three months. Ryder had also abused hospital staff who had tried to treat his injured hand. Apologises and says he will go off alcohol until he recovers from the surgery on his injured hand and ponders quitting drinking completely.

January 9, 2009 - Ryder is ruled out of the fourth ODI against West Indies following his missing a team meeting and training session owing to a late night of drinking.

January 14, 2009 - New Zealand Cricket confirm Ryder has sworn off alcohol.

January 18, 2009 - Ross Taylor comes out in support of Ryder and says the team will do everything they can to help Ryder get over his problems with alcohol.

May 11, 2009 - Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, terms reports of his client having to be restrained by security guards in South Africa during the IPL, were "grossly exaggerated", but conceded the batsman had broken his vow of staying away from alcohol.

November 23, 2009 - New Zealand team manager David Currie says he carried no ill feelings toward Ryder after the batsman had verbally abused Currie in the dressing room after a Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka.

August 7, 2010 - Ryder, out of the New Zealand side because of an elbow injury, is fined for "intoxicated and rowdy" behavior at a hotel during an indoor cricket tournament.

August 8, 2010 - Ryder says he feared for his career when NZC were investigating his transgressions.

March 1 - Ryder and team-mate Doug Bracewell are dropped from the side after they broke team protocol after the second ODI against South Africa in Napier. Ryder, with a split webbing on his hand and Bracewell, recovering from a tight hamstring, had visited a hotel and got into an argument with a patron, when NZC protocol stated players nursing injuries were not permitted to consume alcohol.

March 2, 2013 - New Zealand coach John Wright admits Ryder was testing his patience following the incident at the Napier Hotel which subsequently led to the batsman being dropped from the side.

March 8, 2012 - Ryder announces he will take an indefinite break from cricket to work on personal issues following his being dropped from the side after breaking team protocol during the South Africa series.

March 29, 2012 - Ryder decides to play in the IPL, supported by his manager Klee and clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo.

April 25, 2012 NZC chief says it would be unlikely for Ryder to be considered for a central contract, or for the tour of West Indies in June.

June 2, 2012 - Brendan McCullum, while calling Ryder's talent "unquestionable" said he would have to re-earn respect within the New Zealand team and remove doubts surrounding his commitment once he is ready to make his international comeback.

July 1, 2012 - Ryder insists he had done nothing wrong and felt he was "hung out to dry" as he was dropped from the side following the Napier incident.

November 3, 2012 - Ryder returns to first-class cricket with scores of 117 and 174 that set up a five-wicket win for Wellington, but the batsman is cited for a breach of the players' code of conduct.

November 9, 2012 - Ryder is fined $750 for showing dissent towards the umpires during a Plunket Shield match for Wellington against Central Districts in Napier late in October.

March 27, 2013 - Ryder is hospitalised and placed in an induced coma after being assaulted twice outside a Christchurch bar on Wednesday evening. Having sustained a fractured skull, which police believed to have been caused by the second attack, he was taken into intensive care.

April 3, 2013 - Ryder is discharged from hospital and returns to his hometown in Wellington.

August 20, 2013 - Ryder is banned for six months after failing a routine drug test while playing a Ford Trophy match for Wellington in March. He will be available to play after October 19, once the retrospective penalty ends.

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  • Karthi_2K11 on August 22, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    If you look closely at the "chubby" south-paw - Jesse Ryder, you would think that he has an uncanny resemblance to "podgy" Babe Ruth, who too, was a left-hander. Both started their "first-class" careers at the sprightly age of 18-19, and both are from "working-class" families. Both had meteoric rises from obscurity, & both also had their share of issues, particularly with alcohol. Both were all-rounders (in that, Babe Ruth pitched & batted well, & Jesse can bat & bowl too.) I won't go so far as to say that Jesse Ryder could even be a karmic avatar of Babe Ruth, but the similarities are many, even though it is too early to say that Jesse would be a Cricket "hall-of-famer," if ever there was such a statement, in the same way that Babe was for Baseball. Can Jesse hit long 300-foot sixes, the way Babe hit home runs ? And finally, can Jesse pull in the crowds, in his IPL-CL stints, the way his fellow country-men "Ross the Boss" Taylor, and Brendon McCullum, & the way, Babe did in the past ?

  • king78787 on August 21, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I feel so sorry for him. Ryder would give this current NZ team a real aim of parity with top teams. He bowls good medium pacers which gives NZ a seam bowling option, he can change a game with his brazen hitting.

  • hokeypokey on August 21, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    No more beersy jessey..so many chances, with many other people just wonting one chance on the international stage..may be the highly respected coach mike hesson could control the beast with in?

  • on August 21, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    What a legend! For all the wrong reasons. Personally I don't see him ever playing test cricket for NZ again, and frankly given his questionable technique and poor temperament, that would be a good thing. He'll probably play a few more games of T20 for the national side then implode again and that will be the end of him.

  • Karthi_2K11 on August 22, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    If you look closely at the "chubby" south-paw - Jesse Ryder, you would think that he has an uncanny resemblance to "podgy" Babe Ruth, who too, was a left-hander. Both started their "first-class" careers at the sprightly age of 18-19, and both are from "working-class" families. Both had meteoric rises from obscurity, & both also had their share of issues, particularly with alcohol. Both were all-rounders (in that, Babe Ruth pitched & batted well, & Jesse can bat & bowl too.) I won't go so far as to say that Jesse Ryder could even be a karmic avatar of Babe Ruth, but the similarities are many, even though it is too early to say that Jesse would be a Cricket "hall-of-famer," if ever there was such a statement, in the same way that Babe was for Baseball. Can Jesse hit long 300-foot sixes, the way Babe hit home runs ? And finally, can Jesse pull in the crowds, in his IPL-CL stints, the way his fellow country-men "Ross the Boss" Taylor, and Brendon McCullum, & the way, Babe did in the past ?

  • king78787 on August 21, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I feel so sorry for him. Ryder would give this current NZ team a real aim of parity with top teams. He bowls good medium pacers which gives NZ a seam bowling option, he can change a game with his brazen hitting.

  • hokeypokey on August 21, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    No more beersy jessey..so many chances, with many other people just wonting one chance on the international stage..may be the highly respected coach mike hesson could control the beast with in?

  • on August 21, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    What a legend! For all the wrong reasons. Personally I don't see him ever playing test cricket for NZ again, and frankly given his questionable technique and poor temperament, that would be a good thing. He'll probably play a few more games of T20 for the national side then implode again and that will be the end of him.

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  • on August 21, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    What a legend! For all the wrong reasons. Personally I don't see him ever playing test cricket for NZ again, and frankly given his questionable technique and poor temperament, that would be a good thing. He'll probably play a few more games of T20 for the national side then implode again and that will be the end of him.

  • hokeypokey on August 21, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    No more beersy jessey..so many chances, with many other people just wonting one chance on the international stage..may be the highly respected coach mike hesson could control the beast with in?

  • king78787 on August 21, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I feel so sorry for him. Ryder would give this current NZ team a real aim of parity with top teams. He bowls good medium pacers which gives NZ a seam bowling option, he can change a game with his brazen hitting.

  • Karthi_2K11 on August 22, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    If you look closely at the "chubby" south-paw - Jesse Ryder, you would think that he has an uncanny resemblance to "podgy" Babe Ruth, who too, was a left-hander. Both started their "first-class" careers at the sprightly age of 18-19, and both are from "working-class" families. Both had meteoric rises from obscurity, & both also had their share of issues, particularly with alcohol. Both were all-rounders (in that, Babe Ruth pitched & batted well, & Jesse can bat & bowl too.) I won't go so far as to say that Jesse Ryder could even be a karmic avatar of Babe Ruth, but the similarities are many, even though it is too early to say that Jesse would be a Cricket "hall-of-famer," if ever there was such a statement, in the same way that Babe was for Baseball. Can Jesse hit long 300-foot sixes, the way Babe hit home runs ? And finally, can Jesse pull in the crowds, in his IPL-CL stints, the way his fellow country-men "Ross the Boss" Taylor, and Brendon McCullum, & the way, Babe did in the past ?