Daniel Christian is an Australian all-rounder cricketer, known for his power hitting and smart bowling. He is a right-hand batsman and a right arm fast medium bowler.
He has done well in franchise based T20 leagues around the world but is yet to set the stage alight at the international level. Apart from that, he is also a superb fielder, which makes him a complete package.
Christian was born on 4 May 1983 in Sydney, Australia. He took up cricket after his budding football career ended with an unfortunate injury.
He started off by playing for New South Wales but shifted to South Australia team in 2007 and currently plays domestic cricket for Victoria.
Christian lead the Indigenous Australian team that toured England, where his power hitting caught selectors attention. He made his international debut in a T20 match against West Indies in February 2010, putting on a decent bowling display by taking two wickets.
He had to wait a little longer for his ODI debut which finally came in 2012 against India in the Commonwealth Bank Tri-series. He made some quick runs and provided a vital breakthrough in the match.
Rise to Glory
His domestic performances were consistently good for South Australia which led to his inclusion in the T20 side. He was the part of 2010 World T20 squad for Australia.
He also put in a fine all-round performance in the 2012 Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series. His hattrick against Sri Lanka enroute to figures of 5/31 was one of the highlights of the tournament.
But ever since that, his international career has been under par dotted with hints of brilliance. However, his brute force along with handy seam bowling makes him a hit in T20 leagues around the world.
Dan Christian has experienced a huge success in T20 cricket around the globe. He has played in Australia, India, England and West Indies for a number of franchises.
He blasted a 129* off 58 balls for Middlesex Panthers against Kent Spitfires which is the second highest innings in English T20 to come in a losing cause.
He is currently committed to Notts Outlaws (Natwest T20 Blast), Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL) and Hobart Hurricanes (BBL). He is the skipper of Notts Outlaws.
He was recently bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs. 1.5 crores at the 2018 Indian Premier League auctions.
Dan Christian became only the fourth Australian to take an ODI hat-trick in 2012, although, two more Australians went on to achieve that feat (Clint Mckay and James Faulkner) after him.