Steve Tikolo

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Steve Tikolo
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Steve Tikolo
Personal information
Full name Stephen Ogonji Tikolo
Born (1971-06-25) 25 June 1971 (age 46)
Nairobi, Kenya
Nickname Gunnzie, Guns
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm medium/off spin
Role All-rounder
Relations Tom Tikolo (brother)
David Tikolo (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 11) 18 February 1996 v India
Last ODI 23 January 2014 v Netherlands
ODI shirt no. 5
T20I debut (cap 10) 1 September 2007 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 26 November 2013 v Canada
T20I shirt no. 5
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995–1996 Border
Swamibapa
Southern Rocks
Rwenzori Warriors
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 135 15 62 213
Runs scored 3,428 345 4,728 6,105
Batting average 29.05 28.75 48.24 33.00
100s/50s 3/24 0/2 11/26 9/40
Top score 111 56* 220 133
Balls bowled 4,016 170 5,991 6,647
Wickets 94 12 85 168
Bowling average 34.20 14 37.18 30.67
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/41 4/2 6/80 4/18
Catches/stumpings 67/– 9/– 58/– 104/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 May 2017

Stephen Ogonji Tikolo (born 25 June 1971) is a former Kenya cricketer, and a former ODI captain. Widely regarded as the greatest Kenyan cricketer ever, Tikolo has scored the most runs and taken the second most wickets for the team in ODI's.[1]

Family[edit]

Tikolo came from a cricketing family with his oldest brother Tom being a former captain of Kenya while his other brother David Tikolo played in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

Domestic career[edit]

Tikolo is a right-handed middle order batsman and part-time right-arm medium pace and off-spin bowler. Tikolo has previously represented Border in South African domestic cricket and has also spent time playing in England and Bangladesh. Most recently he has been playing club cricket in England and in Kenya he plays for Swamibapa Cricket Club in Nairobi.

In 2005 Tikolo was signed by Haverigg to play cricket in England.[2]

In 2008 Tikolo was selected as captain of The Eastern Aces in Kenya's Domestic Tournament, the Sahara Elite League

International career[edit]

In 1996 Cricket World Cup, Tikolo made his ODI debut for Kenya. Coming in at 3 for his maiden innings Tikolo made 65 against India.[3] Tikolo went on to play a couple more impressive innings in the Cup, top scoring for his side with 29 in their historic victory over West Indies at Pune[4] and 96 against Sri Lanka at Kandy.[5]

Tikolo further enhanced his reputation as Kenya's premier batsman with 147 against Bangladesh in the 1997 ICC Trophy final. The innings gave them official ODI status and booked Kenya's place in England for the 1999 Cricket World Cup. It was another successful World Cup for Tikolo as he made a pair of 50's against India and England.

In 2002 Tikolo was named as the new Kenyan captain and led from the front in the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy with innings of 93 and 69.

Tikolo led the Kenyan national side during their run to the semi finals of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. This was a huge feat for a country that has not even been granted Test status, which is still rated as the best performance by Kenya in international arena.

After a poor 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, he quit as captain and instead led a players' strike in protest of internal politics. The strike forced a new regime and he returned as captain.[6]

In 2007 he became the first player from a non Test playing country to appear in 100 ODI games and also 2,500 ODI runs.[7]

His last appearance as captain, was the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier, where Kenya secured place for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[8]

In August 2010, months after walking out on the team and indicating he would not play international cricket again, Tikolo has announced his availability for the 2011 World Cup. He announced his retirement after the World Cup but returned at age of 42 when he was recalled for 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in UAE.[9]

Tikolo has also represented an Africa XI against an Asia XI. Tikolo's dominance of Kenyan cricket, is well highlighted that as of January 2007 he possessed six of the nine highest scores by a Kenyan batsman in ODI cricket.[10] Tikolo has made three ODI centuries; 106* against Bangladesh, 111 against Bermuda and 102 against Zimbabwe. He has been dismissed in the 90s on three occasions.[11]

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2012 it was announced that Tikolo had been appointed the batting coach of the Ugandan national team[12] but in May 2013, he was coach of Kenya national under-19 cricket team and his first assignment was at the ICC under-19 World Cup Africa qualifiers. During that tenure, Uganda won the T20 African Premier League and qualified for the World Cricket League Division II.

He was named interim coach of Kenya national cricket team when he replaced Robin Brown as head coach after Kenya's failure to qualify for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[13]

In May 2016, Tikolo was appointed as head coach of the Uganda national cricket team ahead of World Cricket League Division Three and is scheduled to take place in 2017.[14]

International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries[edit]

Steve Tikolo's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 106* 21  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 1999 Won
2 111 82  Bermuda Kenya Mombasa, Kenya Mombasa Sports Club 2006 Won
3 102 107  Zimbabwe Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 2008 Won

First Class Centuries[edit]

First class centuries of Steve Tikolo
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 110 12 Zimbabwe A Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 2001
[2] 115* 13 Zimbabwe A Nairobi, Kenya Simba Union Ground 2001
[3] 117 15 Sri Lanka A Matara, Sri Lanka Uyanwatte Stadium 2002
[4] 109 26 Pakistan A Nairobi, Kenya Simba Union Ground 2004
[5] 156 29 India A Nairobi, Kenya Simba Union Ground 2004
[6] 149 30 Uganda Kampala, Uganda Lugogo Stadium 2005
[7] 220 34 Bermuda Windhoek, Namibia United Ground 2005
[8] 177* 35 Ireland Windhoek, Namibia Wanderers Cricket Ground 2005
[9] 212* 36 Netherlands Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 2006
[10] 158 47 Canada Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf South-West Ground 2009
[11] 169 - Canada Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf South-West Ground 2009

International Awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Bangladesh MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 23 May 1998 65 (75 balls: 4x4) ; 8.2-0-37-2, 1 Ct.  Kenya won by 28 runs.[15]
2 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 20 March 1999 DNB ; 106* (111 balls: 13x4)  Kenya won by 8 wickets.[16]
3 England St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 18 May 1999 71 (107 balls: 8x4) ; DNB  England won by 9 wickets.[17]
4 South Africa Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi 30 September 1999 4-0-30-0 ; 67 (87 balls: 9x4)  South Africa won by 24 runs.[18]
5 West Indies Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi 19 August 2001 71 (65 balls: 5x4, 3x6) ; 10-0-43-2  West Indies won by 7 wickets.[19]
6 Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 26 February 2006 98 (83 balls: 15x4) ; 5-1-17-1, 1 Ct.  Kenya won by 79 runs.[20]
7 Canada Toronto CSC Club Ground, Toronto 6 August 2006 9-0-14-3, 1 Ct. ; 29* (44 balls: 3x4)  Kenya won by 5 wickets.[21]
8 Bermuda Mombasa Sports Club Ground, Mombasa 14 November 2006 111 (98 balls: 9x4, 1x6) ; 7-1-32-1  Kenya won by 104 runs.[22]
9 Canada Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet 14 March 2007 9-0-34-2, 2 Ct. ; 72* (76 balls: 7x4, 1x6)  Kenya won by 7 wickets.[23]

Player of the Series awards[edit]

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Bermuda in Kenya 2006/07 Batting: 214 runs (174x4, 2x6: 1x100, 1x50)
Bowling: 21-1-95-2, 1 Ct.
 Kenya won the series 3-0.[24]

Twenty20 International cricket[edit]

Man of the match awards[edit]

S No Series Season Opponent Match Performance Result
1 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013/14 Canada 40 (27 balls: 8x4) ; 4-0-16-3  Kenya won by 21 runs.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Tikolo - Kenya's greatest cricketer". ESPN. March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cricket pros playing in Cumbria". BBC Cumbria. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Wisdon Almaneck - Wills World Cup, 6th Match: India v Kenya at Cuttack, Feb 18, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Hosts buoyant ahead of Kenya clash". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Wisdon Almaneck - Wills World Cup, 28th Match: Sri Lanka v Kenya at Kandy, Mar 6, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Tikolo to step down from captaincy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "A run-fest for Tikolo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Kenya skipper Tikolo’s takes a bow after brilliant innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Kenya recall 42-year-old Tikolo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "ODI Career Highest Individual Scores: Kenya". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  11. ^ "Steve Tikolo innings by innings ODI record". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Steve Tikolo teams up with Uganda". CricInfo. ESPN CricInfo. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tikolo named Kenya interim coach". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Steve Tikolo appointed Uganda coach". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Coca-Cola Triangular Series, 4th Match: Bangladesh v Kenya at Chennai, May 23, 1998". 
  16. ^ "Meril International Cricket Tournament, 2nd Match: Bangladesh v Kenya at Dhaka, Mar 20, 1999". 
  17. ^ "1999 ICC World Cup - 7th Match - England v Kenya - Canterbury". 
  18. ^ "LG Cup, 5th Match: Kenya v South Africa at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 30, 1999". 
  19. ^ "2001-2002 Kenya v West Indies - 3rd Match - Nairobi". 
  20. ^ "Kenya tour of Zimbabwe [Feb-Mar 2006], 2nd ODI: Zimbabwe v Kenya at Bulawayo, Feb 26, 2006". 
  21. ^ "Kenya tour of Canada, 2nd ODI: Canada v Kenya at Toronto, Aug 6, 2006". 
  22. ^ "Kenya tour of Canada, 2nd ODI: Canada v Kenya at Toronto, Aug 6, 2006". 
  23. ^ "ICC World Cup, 3rd Match, Group C: Canada v Kenya at Gros Islet, Mar 14, 2007". 
  24. ^ "Bermuda in Kenya ODI Series, 2006". 
  25. ^ "ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, 59th Match, 11th place play-off: Canada v Kenya at Sharjah, Nov 26, 2013". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 

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