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Mike Gatting
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Mike Gatting

England
Mike Gatting

INTL CAREER: 1977 - 1995

Full Name

Michael William Gatting

Born

June 06, 1957, Kingsbury, Middlesex

Age

64y 134d

Also Known As

Gatt

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

relations

(nephew),

(brother),

(son),

(son),

(nephew)

Other

Coach, Commentator

TEAMS

For two decades, it was a sight as characteristic of Lord's as Father Time himself: Mike Gatting, with jutting beard and strutting gait, biffing the ball past extra cover for Middlesex or England. If a spinner was bowling, he probably wouldn't be on long: "Gatt" murdered spinners. Squat and tubby, he never looked a sportsmen from a distance, though at close quarters his oak-tree forearms gave a clue. He was a natural, a point recognised by the selectors when they sent him on tour as a 20-year-old, in 1977-78. But it would take seven more years, and 54 Test innings, before he made a hundred. In the meantime, he batted every position except first violin. Finally, he reached maturity with 136 in adversity at Bombay, an innings of such guts that the British press broke its rule and applauded. Then there was no stopping him.

His captaincy - the job came a year later - had a bristling quality, like his batting. But the triumph of the surprise Ashes win in 1986-87 was followed later that year by his argument with the Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana - routine in most sports, shocking in cricket - which reverberated round the world. Gatting's bristling had got the better of him. It took six months for Gatting to be sacked, and then it was ostensibly (and ludicrously) because of an alleged sexual encounter with a barmaid. The selectors wanted him back in 1989 but their choice was vetoed; Gatting, in pique and sadness, took a rebel team to South Africa instead and the captaincy never came back to him. He had a sense of fair play and not much subtlety; he suffered for being a straightforward man in a game run by dissemblers.
Matthew Engel

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test7913814440920735.55976445.15102155211590
ODI9288172095115*29.50296870.581916511220
FC5518611233654925849.52941814930
List A5515087914476143*33.7412871770
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test793275231741/141/1479.252.52188.00000
ODI9214392336103/323/3233.605.1439.20000
FC5511006147031585/3429.762.8063.6020
List A551623448171756/266/2627.524.6335.60410
Michael William Gatting
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Photos


Vijay Patil, Sachin Tendulkar and Mike Gatting at the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy
Tim May, Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan (standing), Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara (sitting) at the MCC World Committee meeting
Allan Lamb takes evasive action as Kapil Dev cuts
Mike Gatting guards Ashes urn in all-night Lord's vigil
Mike Gatting and Andrew Strauss arrive at Tom Maynard's funeral
Tim Robinson puts a hand on Mike Gatting's shoulder