Steve Waugh: The eternal ‘Iceman’

On left we see Steve Waugh during the 1987 World Cup final at Calcutta. He made his debut in the Boxing Day Test against India on December 26, 1985. Waugh started as a gutsy middle-order batsman and a medium-pace bowler, and in early stages of his career, he was considered “a moderately talented player”, and at one point lost his Test place to his twin Mark.

Waugh went on to become one of the leading batsmen of his time and is listed in among 100 Australian living treasures by National Trust of Australia. He was also awarded for Order of Australia and the Australian Sports Medal.

The turning point in his career was the 1987 World Cup. His tight bowling in death overs helped Australia in securing one run victory against India. He finished the World Cup with a batting average of 55.66 and bowling average of 26.18. Australia went on to win the World Cup and Waugh’s ability to excel under pressure won him the nickname ‘Iceman’.

Apart from being a great batsman, Waugh went on to be one of the best Australian captains. He played 168 Tests and 325 ODIs. He scored 10,927 runs with an average of 51.06 in Tests and in ODIs he has amassed 7,569 runs. He led the team to 1999 World Cup win.

On right we see Waugh in July 2014, during the Rahul Dravid Academy Announcement at Christ Church C of E Primary School in London, England. Waugh maintains his ‘ice cool’ demeanour. Since his retirement in December 2003, the former Australian skipper has been busy with his charity work. Calm as ever, Waugh, a photographer produced several “tour diaries” which features his clicks.