Shane Bond

Shane Edward Bond (born 7 June 1975) is a New Zealand cricket coach and former cricketer and present bowling coach of Mumbai Indians,[1] described as "New Zealand's best fast bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee".[2][3] He represented New Zealand in Test, ODI and Twenty20 International cricket and played for Canterbury in New Zealand domestic cricket and Warwickshire in English domestic cricket. A right-arm fast bowler, his fastest recorded delivery was clocked at 156.4 km/h against India in the 2003 World Cup.[4]

Shane Bond
Bond at the University Oval in 2009
Personal information
Full nameShane Edward Bond
Born (1975-06-07) 7 June 1975 (age 46)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
NicknameJames Bond, Bondy, 007
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 216)22 November 2001 v Australia
Last Test24 November 2009 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 124)11 January 2002 v Australia
Last ODI13 March 2010 v Australia
ODI shirt no.27
T20I debut (cap 13)21 October 2005 v South Africa
Last T20I10 May 2010 v England
Domestic team information
2010Kolkata Knight Riders
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 18 82 20 60
Runs scored 168 292 21 830
Batting average 12.92 16.22 4.20 16.60
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/2
Top score 41* 31* 8* 100
Balls bowled 3,372 4,295 465 10,263
Wickets 87 147 25 225
Bowling average 22.09 20.88 21.72 24.34
5 wickets in innings 5 4 0 12
10 wickets in match 1 0 0 1
Best bowling 6/51 6/19 3/18 7/66
Catches/stumpings 8/– 15/– 4/– 24/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 May 2010

Bond's career was plagued with injuries, chiefly recurring stress fractures of the back. He had surgery in 2004 to try to prevent further injury,[5] but it was only partially successful. In later years he suffered back problems, knee injuries and an abdominal tear. These problems, in conjunction with a late start to his fully professional cricket career, limited his appearances in both international and domestic cricket. Since his debut in the 2001/02 season, he only managed to appear in 18 Test matches for New Zealand before he retired from Test cricket in December 2009 at the age of 34.[2][6]

His international career also suffered a hiatus of 18 months,[7] due to Bond's involvement with the Delhi Giants in the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League during March 2008, which caused the New Zealand cricket board to terminate his central contract in January 2008.[8] However, in June 2009 Bond severed ties with the rebel league and declared himself available to be selected for the national side once again.[9] In January 2010, Bond was selected to play in the 3rd season of the Indian Premier League for the Kolkata Knight Riders. On 13 May 2010 he retired from all forms of the game and did not play in the 4th season of Indian Premier League. Brydon Coverdale on Cricinfo described him as New Zealand's best fast bowler.[10]

Bond currently has the second best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match cricket (amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 2,500 deliveries), behind George Lohmann.[11]