Picture of Bob Willis

Bob Willis

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | -
Home country:
May 30, 1949, Sunderland


A huge fan of Bob Dylan, the singer, Bob Willis added the name ‘Dylan’ as his middle name, his commentary style probably as sing-a-song as a singer. But that does not take away from this bowler’s amazing will to succeed despite the operations to his knees, and the pain that he played his cricket in; ending with 325 Test wickets at a very good average of just over 25.

Willis began his career in 1971, however, by the time he was 26; he was grossly struggling for fitness. Luckily it was only physical fitness that he was looking for, because, he had abundance of mental toughness, something that helped him come out of this phase and play on a very consistent basis for England. Willis derived his wickets from sheer pace, and on wickets which helped the bowlers a little more than usual, he became doubly dangerous. In what came to be known as the Botham’s Test against Australia, Willis took an 8/43 to stun the living daylights of the Aussie team. He went on to captain the English team 18 times, winning more than he lost. However, his Test career ended when he gave away 163 runs off the 26 overs he bowled against West Indies at Leeds, pulling down a curtain on one of the best pace bowlers from England.

After retiring from the game, he joined the Sky commentary team, as one of the commentators, but his sonorous voice has had its fans and critics alike.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 90 128 840 55 11.50 32.63 0 0 28
ODI 64 22 83 14 10.37 52.86 0 0 24
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 90 165 17357 8190 325 8/43 / 25.2 2.83 12 16 0 8
ODI 64 64 3595 1968 80 4/11 / 24.6 3.28 4 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 39 0 0
ODI 22 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 18 7 5 0 6 38.89
ODI 29 16 13 0 0 55.17


England Vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 09, 1971
Last played:
England Vs West Indies at Headingley, Leeds - Jul 12, 1984
England Vs West Indies at Headingley, Leeds - Sep 05, 1973
Last played:
England Vs West Indies at Lord's, London - Jun 04, 1984