Geoff Boycott © Getty Images
Geoff Boycott scored over 48,000 runs in First-Class cricket © Getty Images

Oct 21, 2014

Born on October 21, 1940, Geoff Boycott turned 74 on Tuesday. The English opening batsman, known for his impenetrable defence, is a veteran of 108 Tests. He scored over 8000 runs in Tests, but had around 40,000 runs more in all First-Class cricket.

The Yorkshireman is now a popular commentator, known for his typical accent and his idiosyncrasies. Boycott was a much-respected cricketer, but was not particularly popular by his own England teammates. He famously exiled himself from cricket for three years after he was passed over for Test captaincy after Ray Illingworth in favour of Mike Denness.

Geoff Boycott M Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
ODI 36 1082 105 36.06 1 9
Test 108 8114 246* 47.72 22 42
List A 313 10095 146 39.12 8 74
First-Class 609 48426 261* 56.83 151 238

Boycott remains one of England’s finest and most technically sound opening batsmen of all time. His First-Class career was even more distinguished, with as many as 609 matches, over 48,000 runs, over 150 tons and an average of 56.83. Boycott is yet another in a long line of Yorkshire cricketers who did well for the country.