Mike Hendrick
Mike Hendrick [Image-Getty]

Former England and Derbyshire medium-fast bowler, Mike Hendrick, has died at the age of 72. Hendrick was suffering from liver and bowel cancer for a long period of time.

Earlier this month, during a conversation with former England captain and renowned columnist Mike Atherton, Mike Hendrick had said that he was in ‘the departure lounge but the flight has not left yet,”

A Derbyshire legend, Mike Hendrick, featured in as many as 30 Tests for England between 1974 to 1981 and claimed 87 wickets at an average of 25.83 which was lower than many of his contemporaries including Ian Botham, Geoff Arnold, and John Snow.

Hendrick’s finest hour in Test cricket came during the 1977 Ashes Test at Leeds where he claimed match figures of 8/95 to help England regain the urn.

He also featured in 22 ODIs for England and played a crucial role in the ‘Three Lions’ qualifying for the final of the 1979 World Cup.

Mike Hendrick
Mike Hendrick [Image-Getty]
Hendrick produced figures of 4/15 in 12 overs which included as many as six maidens to help England defend 165 against Pakistan. He finished the tournament as England’s leading wicket-taker.

Overall, Mike Hendrick represented Derbyshire in 267 First-Class games, claiming 770 wickets at an average of 20.50 with 30 five-wicket-hauls.

As far as List-A cricket is concerned, the medium-pacer featured in 226 games, claiming 297 wickets at an average of 19.59 and an economy rate of 3.06 with 5 five-wicket-haul.

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Yash Mittal

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