Former England pace bowler, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire county player Mike Hendrick passed away at the age of 72 on Tuesday. The Derbyshire-born Hendrick had been battling bowel and liver cancer for a long time.
“Derbyshire County Cricket Club is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Mike Hendrick, one of the county’s finest post-war cricketers“Derbyshire County Cricket Club
A renowned fast-medium seamer, winning his first Test cap in 1974, represented the national team on 52 occasions. He played 30 Test and 22 ODI matches from 1973 to 1981, clinching 87 wickets at 25.83 and 35 wickets at 19.45, respectively. In county cricket, represented Derbyshire from 1969 to 1981, and Nottinghamshire from 1982 to 1984.
For Derbyshire, he featured in 167 First-Class Matches 497 wickets at 20.05 and 171 List A Matches 222 wickets at 18.69. The 1981 NatWest Trophy Winner spent the final three seasons of his career at Trent Bridge, picking 100 wickets in 34 First-Class matches at an average of 16.81.
Mike Hendrick had an illustrious ODI career. He received his maiden ODI cap in 1973, playing his debut match against West Indies. Hendrick won the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year award in 1973. He was the leading bowler at the 1979 World Cup, with 10 wickets from five matches.
He played three Test matches against India and two against Pakistan in his debut year. He was also the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1978.
While he has one ODI five-wicket haul under his name and none in Tests, he had taken several four-wicket hauls in Test innings. His best figures being a 4-28 against India at Edgbaston in 1974. He holds an off-beat record of taking the most number of Test wickets without a fifer.
The former pacer toured Australia in the 1978/79 season, and played in five Ashes Test matches, finishing the series with nineteen wickets at an average of 15.73 under his belt. The following year, 55 first-class wickets at 17.81.
Known for his commendable technical and tactical skills, Hendrick took up the role of a coach and mentor of the Nottinghamshire club to groom and train young bowlers in 2008. He had also served a position on the Board of Directors for the Derbyshire club. He has had a multitude of coaching stints including being a member of the coaching staff of Ireland and Scotland.