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Shane Bond: The ‘Bond’ who unsettled batsmen on the cricket field

Shane Bond took his only hat-trick in international cricket during an ODI against Australia at Hobart in 2007 © Getty Images
Shane Bond took his only hat-trick in international cricket during an ODI against Australia at Hobart in 2007 © Getty Images

Shane Bond, born on June 7, 1975 was a tearaway quick who dazzled international cricket in the 2000s. Nishad Pai Vaidya discovers 10 interesting facts about the speedster.

Shane Bond was a thrilling sight for any cricket fan. Bowling with an exciting action, the Kiwi speedster could consistently hit the 150 kmph mark and would outsmart the batsmen with his thunderbolts. That he was hit by frequent injuries was sad, as world cricket truly missed out on him in full flourish at the highest stage. However, during his chances in the middle, he did show that he was a class act and deserved to be rated amongst the best. The numbers do not do justice to his talent because he missed out on numerous games at the highest level.

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Here are ten things that you should know about Shane Bond.

1. Bond trained as a policeman in 1999-2000 and missed out on a season of domestic cricket as a result. He had made his debut back in 1996 when he was 21

2. Before his international debut, Bond had played in England. It wasn’t county cricket, but in the Northern Lancashire League, where he did quite well.

3. In the period from Bond’s international debut in November 2001 to his last international appearance in May 2010, New Zealand played a total of 307 matches. However, he only appeared in a total of 120 matches in that period, which shows how much injuries affected him.

4. Bond made his One-Day International (ODI) debut against Australia in the tri-series in 2002 and took a three-wicket haul in his first game. In his fifth ODI he took five for 25 to help New Zealand beat South Africa. In the nine matches he played in that series, he took 21 wickets at an average of 16.38. He was named the Man of the Series.

5. In the 2003 World Cup match against Australia, he took six for 23 and bowled the eventual world champions out for 208. Unfortunately, New Zealand lost that match. However, two years later, he took six for 19 against India, and New Zealand managed to win the match. In the latter match, he destroyed the Indians, reducing them to 39 for six at one stage — Bond took five of those wickets.

6. Bond took his only hat-trick in international cricket during an ODI against Australia at Hobart in 2007. He took that hat-trick in the last over of the innings and accounted for the wickets of Andrew Symonds, Cameron White and Nathan Bracken.

7. In international cricket, Bond performed brilliantly against Australia. If his records in Tests, ODIs and T20 Internationals are taken together, he took 50 wickets in 21 matches against them at an average of 20.86. Interestingly, he averages under 30 against all countries in international cricket, except South Africa, where his number reads 31.32.

8. In ODIs, Bond’s record against Australia is even better. In 17 matches, he took an amazing 44 wickets at an average of 15.79, with three five wicket hauls.

9. Ricky Ponting and Chris Gayle are his most frequent victims as he dismissed them seven times each in international cricket. Ponting played Bond in 17 matches, whereas Gayle faced him in 16 games. Ponting has in fact recorded two blobs against Bond.

10. Bond played for the Delhi Giants in the Indian Cricket League (ICL). In 2010, he was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction at USD 750,000.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

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