As it’s Michael Vandort’s birthday, Cricwizz takes a look at some of the key cricketing moments of his career. Though his career didn’t last for so long, the southpaw played some good knocks during his time. Have a glance:
Impressive initial games
After some good club performances, the left-hander got his first break in September 2001 against Bangladesh at home. He scored only 36 runs in the Asian Test Championship match. Michael got his second chance in July 2007 where he proved that he can be an effective member of the squad. This time he scored an impressive 61 in the first innings and a rock-solid 140 runs in the second innings.
Dropped after century
Vandort was also unlucky just after hitting a brilliant ton. He was dropped from the squad for three and a half years which created a lot of buzzes those days. But a combination of Jayasuriya and Atapattu forced him to stay out. The southpaw made a comeback into the Test squad in 2006 and scored an unbeaten 64*. He didn’t look back after that and played for around 3 years after that.
Scored a century at Birmingham
Scoring a century in England could be Michael Vandort’s best moment of the career. He did that in May 2006 by scoring 105 against a solid bowling attack. Though Sri Lanka lost the game, Vandort’s sensational ton won hearts.
Michael Vandort played only 1 ODI for his country and that too when the limited-overs giant Sanath Jayasuriya got injured. While chasing a target of 319, the left-hander scored only 48 runs in 117 balls. His slowness kept him away from the ODIs thereafter but his Test place was cemented.
Vandort played his last game in December 2008 against Bangladesh where he scored 44 in the first innings and 6 in the second.
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