Dimi Mascarenhas: Hampshire's one day hero
The former England international has been forced to retire from cricket at the end of the season
Dimitri Mascarenhas has been the man behind whom Hampshire’s one day success has been organised. The all-rounder, born to Sri Lankan parents in Middlesex, and brought up in Western Australia, burst onto the scene with figures of 6-88 on his first-class debut.
He has played for Hampshire for his whole career in England, and he christened their new ground at the Rose Bowl with a century against Worcestershire in 2001.
The right-arm medium pace bowler, who took the first recorded hat-trick in T20 cricket, played 34 times for England in one-day and T20 cricket, with his finest moment coming against India at the Oval in 2007, when he smacked Yuvraj Singh for five consecutive sixes.
This power hitting, and his consistently economical bowling led to him, in 2009, becoming the first Englishman to gain an IPL contract.
Dimi, as he is known to teammates, is a strong medium-pace bowler who can more than hold a bat, as his records prove.
In first class cricket he averages 28.22 for his 450 wickets with the ball, and just over 25 for his 6495 runs with the bat. But it is the shorter formats of the game where he has really shined, winning 2 C&G trophies, one CB40 trophy and a pair of domestic T20 trophies with the Royals (formerly Hawks).
In 2012 he captained Hampshire to their second T20 success and was also instrumental in their winning CB40 campaign, and he, and his side, have carried this form forwards into this year’s tournaments, after reaching their 4th consecutive T20 finals day, and being favourites to qualify from their YB40 group.
This 2013, is to be Mascarenhas’ last season as a professional cricket after a catalogue of injuries has forced him to quit. The 35-year-old will be looking to finish on a high when the Royals try to retain their 40-over crown.
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