Mark Waugh, one of the most elegant stroke-makers in cricketing history, celebrates his 55th birthday on Tuesday. He was nicknamed ‘junior’ as he was the younger twin to Steve Waugh. Mark had gifted ability to play a number of shots elegantly. He would cut, drive and pull effortlessly to leave the bowlers in dismay.
Mark Waugh: As a player
It was his brilliance with his bat that made his success inevitable. Mark, however, spent most of his career under the shadow of his brother Steve. He grew up the ranks while playing for New South Wales, where he hogged the limelight for clinching the Sheffield Shield player of the year award twice around the 1980s, for his excellence as a middle-order batsman.
Mark began his international career on a poor note before the tour of the West Indies where he scored an unbeaten 103 and earned praise from Viv Richards. He did not make it to the Test squad for quite some time initially but was picked up in the ODI format.
Mark retired with over 16000 runs in international cricket. He had an average of over 41 in Tests and nearly 40 in the ODIs.
Mark Waugh: What is he up to now?
Mark Waugh is currently in a lockdown situation in Australia. Post-retirement, he has taken up with Australian channels as an expert, and voices his opinion about different series and addresses issues related to the sport.
Mark Waugh: Lesser known facts
Mark came from a family who was inclined towards sports. He played football, cricket and tennis in his early days. He was the youngest player to be selected for his primary school’s football team and made appearance for Sydney Croatia football team.
At the age of 15, Mark was diagnosed with a stress injury called Osgood-Schlatter disease, which meant his growth would be limited to 152 cms. After his high school, he did not find any job, and picked up the role of sports equipment-salesman. His debut in first-class cricket coincided with his elder brother.