Collins Obuya

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Collins Obuya
Personal information
Full nameCollins Omondi Obuya
Born (1981-07-27) 27 July 1981 (age 39)
Nairobi, Kenya
BowlingLeg break
RelationsDavid Obuya (brother)
Kennedy Obuya (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 23)15 August 2001 v West Indies
Last ODI30 January 2014 v Scotland
T20I debut (cap 5)1 September 2007 v Bangladesh
Last T20I27 October 2019 v PNG
Domestic team information
2006/07Kenya Select
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 104 35 52 190
Runs scored 2,044 691 2,378 3,761
Batting average 25.55 25.59 30.48 25.76
100s/50s 0/11 0/4 2/14 2/20
Top score 98* 75* 103 106
Balls bowled 1,818 314 4,185 3,315
Wickets 35 23 68 76
Bowling average 46.77 14.52 38.39 38.35
5 wickets in innings 1 0 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/24 4/27 5/97 5/24
Catches/stumpings 43/0 20/0 36/0 83/0
Source: Cricinfo, 27 October 2019

Collins Omondi Obuya (born 27 July 1981) is a Kenyan cricketer and a former ODI captain. 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 has a highest first class score of 103.[1]

Domestic career[edit]

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.

International career[edit]

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, their first victory over Sri Lanka in ODIs.[2] His 5/24 remains the best bowling performance for Kenya in World Cups. He was awarded the man of the match.

His finest ODI innings to date has been an unbeaten 98 against Australia at the 2011 ICC World Cup. The innings cited as one of the best ODI innings by a Kenyan against a leading cricketing nation.[3]

In January 2018, he was named in Kenya's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament.[4] In September 2018, he was named in Kenya's squad for the 2018 Africa T20 Cup.[5]

In October 2018, he was named as the captain of Kenya's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament in Oman.[6] Ahead of the tournament, Obuya was ruled out of Kenya's squad due to personal commitments. He was replaced by Narendra Kalyan, with Shem Ngoche was named captain of the team.[7][8]

In May 2019, he was named in Kenya's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier tournament in Uganda.[9][10] In September 2019, he was named in Kenya's squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates.[11] Ahead of the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named him as the key player in Kenya's squad.[12] He was the leading wicket-taker for Kenya in the tournament, with eleven dismissals in six matches.[13] In November 2019, he was named in Kenya's squad for the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B tournament in Oman.[14]


  1. ^ ":: Cricket Kenya ::". Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Kenya stun Sri Lanka with electric fielding display". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Collins Obuya proves Kenya's worth". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Cricket Kenya hire Pakistani match analyst". Daily Nation. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Kenya Squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Siblings lead team: David and Collins Obuya appointed national team coach and captain respectively". The Star, Kenya. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Shock as Kenya skipper deserts team". Daily Nation. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Kenya lock horns with hosts Oman". The Standard. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Former national team captain back after surprise exit last year". The Star (Kenya). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  10. ^ "African men in Uganda for T20 showdown". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  11. ^ "National team selection sparks controversy". The Star (Kenya). Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Team preview: Kenya". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  13. ^ "ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019/20 - Kenya: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  14. ^ "The 46-year-old Swamibapa's bowler is a surprise inclusion in Kenya team as Otieno dropped again". The Star (Kenya). Retrieved 17 November 2019.

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