Just a day before is 80th birthday, former New Zealand Test cricket captain Bevan Congdon passed away on Saturday (February 10). Congdon died in Auckland after a long illness, New Zealand Cricket stated.
NZC chief executive David White said Congdon had been a shining light in New Zealand’s Test renaissance through the 1970s.
“Bevan was at the centre of the New Zealand team at a time it started gaining attention on the international cricket scene for the all the right reasons – in no small part due to his leadership and ability,” said White in his tribute for the legendary cricketer.
Congdon was one of the finest all-round cricketers from New Zealand. He led New Zealand to their first Test win over Australia. Congdon’s most successful years came in the early-to-mid-1970s. During that period, he averaged 88.50 on the 1972 tour of the West Indies, and 72.40 on the tour of England a year later.
During the England tour, he played the monumental knock of 176 at Trent Bridge and 175 in the second Test at Lord’s. The innings in Trent Bridge came after John Snow struck him on the cheek in the pre-helmet era when he was batting on just 24.
The legendary cricketer represented Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago and Wellington in domestic cricket. He also featured on the New Zealand selection panel in the late 1990s.
Overall, he represented New Zealand in 61 Tests, and 11 ODIs. He scored 3448 runs in Tests and 338 in ODIs in addition to picking up 66 wickets across formats.
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