Douglas Marillierindia Updated: Jan 29, 2003 23:43 IST
'Bits-and-pieces' player and great improviser. Right-hand bat who has scored the eighth fastest ODI fifty.
Father played at the top level. Good hockey player.
Aged 16, broke both his legs and severed an artery in a car accident, spent three months in a wheelchair and was warned might never walk again.
Main claim to fame is as the creator of the 'Marillier', one of his stock improvised ODI shots, a big step across to the off side and a scoop to fine leg over the keeper's head when facing fast bowlers. Against India in Faridabad in March 2002, used the stroke to score a match-winning 24-ball 56 not out after coming in at 210-8, chasing 275 to win with 5.4 overs left. Got to 50 off 21 balls, eighth fastest in history, including 33 off two Zaheer Khan overs, 10 needed off last over, won on penultimate ball by one wicket.
Said: "Our coach Geoff Marsh gets very angry when I play those shots in the nets," adding that he practised odd shots when Marsh not there. Ganguly: "I have never seen anyone hit like this in seven years of international cricket."
First Published: Jan 24, 2003 23:29 IST