Shane Bond Biography
Shane Bond is a former New Zealand cricketer who was known for his fiery, pacey bowling. He was born on 7th June 1975 and hails from Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand.
He bowled right-arm fast and his toe-breaking Yorkers were dreaded by even the best of batsmen. If not for his recurrent injuries, he had the potential to become one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.
His fastest delivery was recorded at 156.4 km/h. His athletic action was geared towards inswing and his pace which made the ball swing very late. Able to swing the ball both ways, batsmen feared facing him in his day.
Bond had minimal exposure to cricket and he even made his first-class debut at the age of 21 years and 7 months in January 1997, which is considered relatively mature.
Three seasons after playing first class cricket for Canterbury, Bond joined the New Zealand Police, as a result of which he had to quit his career in cricket.
However, he rejoined Canterbury, after a year’s break.
He made his international debut on 22nd November 2001, against Australia in a Test match at Hobart. It was a disappointing debut as he recorded figures of 1/135 while Australia piled on 558 runs.
His ODI debut in January 2002 was rather more successful as he picked up three wickets for 53 runs, helping New Zealand defend a low total of 199 against the Aussies.
He continued his great form in ODIs as he was the leading wicket taker in the VB Series a month later, picking up 21 wickets at an economy of 16.38.
Rise to Glory
He first came into the spotlight in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, as he rattled Australia’s top order in the Super Sixes match, picking up an impressive six wickets, conceding only 23 runs. However, his efforts went in vain as Australia’s pace rival Brett Lee also toppled New Zealand’s batsmen and Australia won the match by 96 runs.
After two years of absence from cricket due to injury, Bond came back with a bang in a Test match against Zimbabwe, as he picked up his first 10 wicket haul. He maintained his form, as he picked up a career best figures of 6 for 19 in an ODI against India.
However, his best performance came against West Indies in the Test match at Auckland on 9th March. West Indies had to chase only 291 to win the match, and were set up for a victory when Bond rattled the middle order, picking up 5 for 69, which included a duck by Brian Lara.
In 2003, he picked up a back injury against Pakistan in an ODI match. The injury proved to be a grave one as it led to a major surgery and a two year lay-off from international cricket. He again suffered a knee injury in April 2006, that kept him out for several months.
In January 2008, the unofficial Indian Cricket League announced that Bond had joined the league. Twenty days later, his contract with the New Zealand Cricket Board was terminated.
Bond said that he joined the league to secure his and his family’s future. The NZC eagerly welcomed him back when he broke all the ties with the ICL in July 2009.
Bond's Record in Numbers
Bond is the fastest New Zealander to get 50 wickets in Test matches, a feat he accomplished in 12 matches. He is also the fastest New Zealander to reach the 100-wicket mark in ODIs, and second only to Saqlain Mushtaq in the world.
After a series of unsuccessful spells and injuries piling on, Bond retired from international cricket on May 2010.
Bond was appointed as New Zealand’s bowling coach in October 2012. He was credited with enhancing the performances of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. He left the position after the 2015 ICC World Cup, where New Zealand made it to the final but lost to Australia.
Since then, Bond has been the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He is set to be the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings from 2018.