Dimitri Mascarenhas

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Dimitri Mascarenhas
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Personal information
Full nameAdrian Dimitri Mascarenhas
Born (1977-10-30) 30 October 1977 (age 41)
Chiswick, London, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
RoleBowling All-rounder, Bowling Coach
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 203)1 July 2007 v West Indies
Last ODI17 September 2009 v Australia
ODI shirt no.32
T20I debut (cap 25)28 June 2007 v West Indies
Last T20I14 June 2009 v India
Domestic team information
2013Hobart Hurricanes
2012-2013Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 17)
2008-2012Otago (squad no. 17)
2007-2010Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 32)
1996-2013Hampshire (squad no. 17)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 20 14 199 257
Runs scored 245 123 6,438 4,260
Batting average 22.27 15.37 25.05 25.05
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 8/23 0/27
Top score 52 31 131 79
Balls bowled 822 252 28,109 10,935
Wickets 13 12 445 296
Bowling average 48.76 25.75 28.35 26.42
5 wickets in innings 0 0 17 1
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/23 3/18 6/25 5/27
Catches/stumpings 4/– 7/– 76/– 63/–
Source: CricketArchive, 5 August 2012

Adrian Dimitri Mascarenhas (born 30 October 1977) is a former English cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, he played internationally for England, as well as domestically for Hampshire, in the Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes, for the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and for the Otago Volts in New Zealand state cricket. In the inaugural Champions League Twenty20, he represented the Otago Volts, as his other teams failed to qualify. He holds the record for most runs in an over in a One Day International for England, with 30, scored off Yuvraj Singh of India on 5 September 2007, at The Oval, London. He was the bowling coach for both Otago Volts and the New Zealand National team, succeeding Shane Bond after the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[1] He stood down after the 2016 summer for family reasons,[2] which coincided with the retirements of the McCullum Brothers.

Early life[edit]

Mascarenhas was born in London to Malik Mascarenhas and his wife, Pauline (née de Croos), both from the Bharatha community of Sri Lanka.[3] He grew up in Perth, Australia and attended school at Trinity College, Perth; other alumni include Australian international cricketers Simon Katich, Tim Zoehrer, Beau Casson, and Craig Serjeant. In 1996 Mascarenhas returned to England to pursue a professional cricket career.

Cricket career[edit]

Early Cricket[edit]

Mascarenhas had great success in Australian junior cricket, captaining Western Australia at Under-17 and Under-19 state level competition.

Domestic career[edit]

County Cricket[edit]

Returning to England, he played a single Minor Counties Championship fixture for Dorset against Cornwall, taking 7/64 in his only match for the county.[4] During the same season he joined Hampshire, where he continued in excellent form, with 6–88 on debut (the best figures for a Hampshire debutant since Teddy Wynyard made 6–63 in August 1899). He then proceeded to make the first Rose Bowl century against Worcestershire in 2001. In 2004, he was the first player to record a hat trick in Twenty20 cricket, claiming the wickets of Mark Davis, Mushtaq Ahmed and Jason Lewry of Sussex. He was part of the Hampshire team that won the C&G Trophy in 2005 and to finish runners-up in the Frizzell County Championship. In 2006, it was announced that Mascarenhas would receive a benefit year during the 2007 season as a reward for his excellent all round play for the county.

Following Shane Warne's retirement at the end of the 2007 season, Mascarenhas was made club captain for the 2008 County Championship season. During the 2009 County Championship Mascarenhas missed the first matches of the season while playing in the IPL with the Rajasthan Royals. On his return he led Hampshire to the final of the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy at Lord's, where Hampshire beat local rivals Sussex by 6 wickets.

Prior to the 2010 County Championship, Mascarenhas played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, during which he picked up an ankle injury. Still injured for the first part of the 2010 English county season, Mascarenhas returned for Hampshire in the Friends Provident t20 against Kent, but during the match the injury flared up once more, therefore ruling him out for the rest of the season.[5]

During the 2013 season he announced, aged 35, that he would be retiring from county cricket at the conclusion of the campaign, bowing out after 18 seasons with Hampshire. In total, he had scored more than 12,000 runs in all formats and taken nearly 900 wickets.

Indian Premier League[edit]

In 2008, Mascarenhas signed for the Rajasthan Royals of the Indian Premier League. Following the ECB's decision to not allow centrally-contracted England players to play in the tournament, Mascarenhas was the only English representative in the tournament's inaugural year.

Mascarenhas returned for 2009 Indian Premier League, once again playing for the Rajasthan Royals. He played 5 matches taking 6 wickets at an economy rate of 6.82 per over.

Mascarenhas once again returned to play for the Royals in the 2010 Indian Premier League, playing two matches against Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, taking four wickets. Following an ankle injury picked up against the Delhi Daredevils, Mascarenhas was forced to return home from the tournament.[6]

Mascarenhas has been bought by the Kings XI Punjab franchisee for US$100,000 during the auction conducted in January 2011. However he had to be replaced by David Miller on 7 April 2011 since he could not recover from the Achilles tendon injury.[7] He was one of the guest commentators for ITV during the Indian Premier League. He played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2012 season.

Otago Volts[edit]

In 2008, Mascarenhas signed for the Otago Volts in the New Zealand State Twenty20 and State Shield competitions. Mascarenhas represented the Otago Volts in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20 after Rajasthan and Hampshire failed to qualify.

Tasmanian Tigers[edit]

In 2009 Mascarenhas signed for the Tasmanian Tigers as a replacement for Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga in the 2009–10 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. Due to a knee injury he did not play any matches for the state.

International career[edit]

In September 2006, Hampshire's Australian county captain Shane Warne publicly highlighted Mascarenhas' tremendous ability and issued a call for him to be rewarded with selection for the England One Day International (ODI) team. On 13 September 2006 he wrote in The Times: "It amazes me that England have never given him a chance in the one-day side. He is the best finisher with the bat in all situations in the country and his bowling is clever and accurate".[8]

He subsequently made his ODI debut on 1 July 2007 at Lord's against the West Indies, scoring 2 runs and completing 4 overs for 18 runs.[9] On 5 September 2007, in an ODI against India, he hit consecutive sixes off the final five balls of England's innings, which were bowled by Yuvraj Singh. On 8 September 2007 he took 3/23 off 10 overs as England won the one-day series 4–3, on the same day he was also called up to England's ICC World Twenty20 squad as a replacement for Ryan Sidebottom.[10] During England's one day series in New Zealand, he hit 4 consecutive sixes against New Zealand in a Twenty20 match.[when?]

He played a total of 20 ODIs and 14 T20Is for England, scoring a total of 368 runs and taking 25 wickets across both formats.[9]

Geoff Miller – Twitter outburst[edit]

In 2010, Mascarenhas vented his frustration at the chairman of the England selectors, Geoff Miller, claiming to have been ignored by him at a game.[11] He tweeted, calling Geoff Miller a 'knob' and other derogatory terms. He also pointed out that his teammate James Adams hit 194 runs in a match between Lancashire and Hampshire when Miller came to watch and Adams wasn't considered for the T20s.[11]

Following the Twitter outburst, Mascarenhas was banned for 14 days at the start of the 2011 season. Mascarenhas apologised unreservedly for his actions. He was fined £1000 by Hampshire and £500 by the ECB. The panel considered this to be a serious breach of the regulations, particularly given his status as a senior cricketer and club captain.[12] Mascarenhas also stated that he tweeted this after a night out and his actions were stupid and irresponsible and that he regretted any offence it may have caused[12] and that his tweet didn't reflect his true views on Miller.[13]


He has completed an ECB level-three coaching qualification and held player-coach roles with Hampshire, Rajasthan Royals and Hobart Hurricanes. In June 2015 Mascarenhas was appointed as New Zealand's full-time bowling coach having been head coach of New Zealand domestic side Otago since 2014.[1] He resigned as New Zealand coach in 2016, citing personal reasons.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Mascarenhas married Nadine Taylor on Saturday 12 February 2011 in Melbourne. The wedding was attended by his teammates, including Shane Warne. [14]


  1. ^ a b "Mascarenhas appointed New Zealand bowling coach". ESPN Cricinfo. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Mascarenhas to quit as NZ bowling coach". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Cornwall v Dorset, Minor Counties Championship 1996 (Western Division)
  5. ^ Hants lose Mascarenhas and Pothas Archived 10 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Mascarenhas, Smith out
  7. ^ "Indian Premier League 2011: Kings XI Punjab sign David Miller | Cricket News | Indian Premier League 2011". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  8. ^ Warne, Shane (13 September 2006). "Weakest links harder to find as Monty and Co make their mark". The Times. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Dimitri Mascarenhas". Cricinfo Player Profile. 25 August 2007.
  10. ^ "Dimitri Mascarenhas drafted into England squad". Cricinfo.
  11. ^ a b Dean Wilson (6 September 2010). "Dimitri Mascarenhas in expletive-filled Twitter attack on Geoff Miller – Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Dimitri Mascarenhas banned for 14 days after Twitter outburst against Geoff Miller". The Daily Telegraph. London. 15 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Hampshire fine Dimitri Mascarenhas for Twitter attack on Geoff Miller". The Guardian. London. 6 September 2010.
  14. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/shane-warne-and-liz-hurleys-wedding-party/story-e6frf7l6-1226005113008

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Shane Warne
Hampshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Jimmy Adams