Interesting Facts About Shane Bond
Shane Bond is a former Kiwi fast bowler, who has played ODI, T20. and Test cricket for New Zealand between the period of 2001 to 2012. Bond made his name in international cricket for his raw pace, which has produced many chin music for batsmen around the world and crushed the toes of many players. Bond’s career was brimful of injuries due to his pace generating ability. His dreadful pace bowling is still memorable to his fan. The fast bowling legend turned 46 today, on the auspicious occasion of his birthday let’s take a look at some interesting facts about Shane Bond, the pace bowler from New Zealand.
- Shane Bond was born in Canterbury, New Zealand on 7th June 1975. He studied at Papanui High School.
- Before becoming an international cricketer, Bond used to work as a police officer in New Zealand (1999-2000). Due to his duty, Shane had to miss one domestic season also.
- His nicknames were “James Bond”, “Bondy” & “007”.
- The 6 ft tall bowler Canterbury played his first domestic match for Canterbury in 1997 at the age of 21. But his first three seasons for Canterbury were not impactful at all.
- Bondy played one youth test match for the New Zealand U-19 side in 1995. He was given only 5 overs, and he didn’t leak a single run in his spell. With the bat, Bond scored an unbeaten 45 off 127 balls.
- After bowling excellently for New Zealand Academy against the touring Australia academy in 2001, Shane Bond received his maiden Test call-up for the series against Australia. He bagged 1 wicket for 135 runs in 28 overs on his debut match at Hobart against the mighty Australian side. His first international wicket was Steve Waugh. In the next match Bond made two more big wickets in his name of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. But due to injuries, he could play only 18 test matches only and grabbed 87 wickets.
- Shane Bond has the 2nd best strike rate in test cricket among bowlers who have bowled more than 2500 deliveries. His strike rate in the longest format of the game is 38.7. Only English cricket George Lohmann has a better average than him, 34.1.
- Bond was the highest wicket-taker in New Zealand’s historic first-ever series win in West Indies, 12 wickets in 2 matches. He took fifer twice in the series.
- Shane Edward Bond made his first appearance in One Day Internationals in 2002 at Melbourne Cricket Ground against Australia in 2002. He took 3 wickets in the match, in form of Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, and Ricky Ponting.
- Bond was the leader of the bowling attack for New Zealand in the 2003 World Cup. He had 17 scalps in 8 matches with a captivating average of 17.94, which was the 5th highest in the World Cup.
- Shane Bond’s best bowling figure in ODI is 6 for 19, which he bagged against India in 2005 at Bulawayo in the Videocon cup.
- Bond’s favorite team to play against was the neighbor Australia. He has grabbed 44 out of 147 ODI wickets against Australia. Ricky Ponting was his bunny, dismissing him 7 times in his ODI career.
- The quick bowler from Canterbury has taken his only hat-trick against Australia at Hobart in 2007. His victims were Andrew Symonds, Cameron White, and Nathan Bracken.
- Bond has bowled the fastest delivery by a Kiwi bowler, it came against India in the 2003 World Cup. he clocked 156.4 km/hr. Indian swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag faced the heat from him.
- Shane Bond is the 4th fastest bowler to take 100 ODI wickets, he reached the milestone in just 54 matches. When he achieved the feat in 2002, he was the 2nd quickest bowler to do so.
- Bond never played an international match in England, but he played county cricket in 2002 for Warwickshire and in 2008 for Hampshire.
- Shane Bond holds a unique record of bowling the first-ever maiden over in the ICC T20 World Cup history. He made the record in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
- Shane Bond won the New Zealand “Player of the Year” award in 2006-07. ICC included him in the ICC Test Xi team in the same year.
- Shane Bond was banned for 2 years from playing any international game by ICC for being part of the Indian Cricket League (2007-2008). He was a part of the Delhi Giants team. In 2009, he broke all the ties with the private ICL and made a comeback in international cricket.
- Kolkata Knight Riders bought Shane Bond in IPL 2010 for a whopping $750000. He picked up 8 wickets in 9 matches in that season for Kolkata.
- Along with bowling fast, Shane Bond was a good slogger also. He has smacked 44 fours and 13 sixes in his international career batting at No 9.
- Shane Bond used to bowl at 145+ km/hr on average. Injuries have kept him away from plenty of international games. After the 2003 World Cup Bondy suffered a back injury and he got vanished for 2 years. He has injured his knee and feet several times during his career. This is the reason, he has managed to play 120 international games only for his country.
- Shane Bond coached the New Zealand team for three years (2102-2015) and he has been mentoring the Mumbai Indian side since 2015.
- Shane Bond is regarded as the best fast bowler of New Zealand. But the people who have seen Sir Richard Hadlee might not agree with it. Hadlee played 68 test matches for the Blackcaps, while Bond was featured in only 18. It dictates that Richard Hadlee was better than him in terms of fitness. But their bowling strike rate & bowling average is quite similar.
- Shane Bond has published his autobiography “Shane Bond-Looking Back” in 2010 with writer Dylan Cleaver.
- Shane Bond’s jersey number was 27.
- His estimated net worth is $5 million.
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