Gavin Larsen

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Gavin Larsen
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 8 121
Runs scored 127 629
Batting average 14.11 14.62
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 26* 37
Balls bowled 1967 6368
Wickets 24 113
Bowling average 28.70 35.39
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/57 4/24
Catches/stumpings 5/- 23/-
Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006

Gavin Rolf Larsen (born 27 September 1962 in Wellington) is a former New Zealand cricketer who specialised in the art of economical bowling. He was known playfully by his team mates as "The Postman".

Career[edit]

Larsen finished his career with an exceptional economy rate in ODI cricket of 3.76 – the norm is usually somewhere between 4 and 4.50 – in his 121 ODIs, stretching over a ten-year span.

He also played eight Tests with reasonable success, taking 24 wickets. However, as a useful batsman and handy bowler, he held a place in the one-day side and played a major part in New Zealand reaching the semi-final stage of the 1999 cricket World Cup.

Larsen earned his 100th ODI wicket in his home-town of Wellington, claiming the prize scalp of Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Unusually for a New Zealand player, he played his entire first-class career with one team, Wellington. He also captained the side in the 1994 Australasian Cup in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where New Zealand reached the semi-finals of a six-team tournament.

His nickname of "The Postman" came about as a compliment:

"John Graham, New Zealand's team manager during much of his career, explained the nickname in the foreword to Larsen's book Grand Larseny (yes, really): "He is the consummate professional, committed, conscientious, competitive and consistent. His nickname of 'The Postman' sums him up well, he always delivers!""[1]

Larsen is now the CEO of Cricket Wellington.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/640025.html

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