Collins Obuya

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Collins Obuya
Personal information
Full name Collins Omondi Obuya
Born (1981-07-27) 27 July 1981 (age 33)
Nairobi, Kenya
Nickname Collo
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg spin
Role All-rounder
Relations David Obuya (brother)
Kennedy Otieno (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 23) 15 August 2001 v West Indies
Last ODI 04 October 2013 v Afghanistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2003 Warwickshire
2006/07 Kenya Select
Career statistics
Competition ODIs FC List A T20I
Matches 102 52 154 26
Runs scored 1,978 2,378 2,953 507
Batting average 25.35 30.48 25.90 28.16
100s/50s 0/11 2/14 2/16 0/3
Top score 98* 103 106 75*
Balls bowled 1,818 4,185 2,838 183
Wickets 35 68 59 11
Bowling average 46.77 38.39 42.96 18.36
5 wickets in innings 1 1 1
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/24 5/97 5/24 3/17
Catches/stumpings 43/– 36/– 59/– 14/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 26 November 2013

Collins Omondi Obuya (born 27 July 1981) is a Kenyan cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and leg spin bowler. He came to prominence in the 2003 Cricket World Cup where he was one of Kenya's major performers as they reached the semi-finals.

Obuya picked up 13 wickets at 28.76 in the 2003 World Cup and took a career best 5 for 24 in Kenya's win over Sri Lanka at Nairobi.[1] He awarded man of the match. His success in the competition persuaded Warwickshire to offer him a one-year contract to play county cricket in England in the 2003 season. The stint was in all unsuccessful although he scored a 50 on his Championship debut and participated in half a dozen Twenty20 cricket games.

His season with Warwickshire preceded a downhill drop in Obuya's career. He suffered from appendicitis and thus missed the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy. Soon after, he joined a players' strike and left England to go to South Africa. Due mainly to lack of match practice, Obuya began to struggle with his bowling, and in November 2005, he travelled to Australia to train with spin-bowling coach Terry Jenner. The five-week trip was not successful, and as a result, Obuya decided to develop his batting so that he could play as a specialist batsman instead.

Obuya has a highest first class score of 103 and his finest ODI innings to date has been an unbeaten 98 against Australia at the 2011 ICC World Cup.[2]

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