David Gower

David Gower was a left-handed player in the England cricket team and later captain of it too. After he retired from his playing career, he became a commentator.

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David Gower’s Personal Life

David Ivon Gower is currently sixty-one years old. He was born on 1st April 1957 in the town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. His father is Richard Gower who is a member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as is Gower himself since 1992. Gower’s father worked as an official in Tanganyika, while it was a part of the British Empire. Gower grew up in Tanganyika for the first few years of his childhood. Later, at age six, Gower’s family returned to England. Gower is a distant relative of the Sutherland-Leveson-Gower family.

David Gower’s Biography

Gower had his education from public schools. He went to a prep school in Hawkhurst, the Markborough House School. He also went to The King’s School on a scholarship. He joined the cricket team there and later became the captain. He played in the Public Schools’ under-16 cricket team. Gower went on to play professionally for the Leicestershire club for a summer before joining University College to study law. But only after six months he left law and decided to make a career in cricket.

David Gower’s Career

Gower’s cricket career lasted almost two decades from 1975-1993. He played with Leicestershire County Cricket Club till 1989 before moving to Hampshire County Cricket Club. In 1978 Gower was selected to play for the England Cricket Team. His debut in test matches was against Pakistan where England lost. He later went on to become the captain of the England Cricket Team His first match as the captain was against India, where England won.

Gower was replaced as the captain of the team after a 5-0 loss against the West Indies. And later in 1993, he retired from playing cricket at the age of 36. After retiring from the field, Gower still could not sever his ties with cricket. He went on to become a television personality and cricket broadcaster in England and in Australia. He is now the presenter of international cricket coverage as well as regular commentator.

David Gower’s Relationships

Gower was in a ten-year-long relationship with Vicki Stewart. They lived together in Leicester. The two had also been engaged. But Gower’s long absences for matches and what he calls ‘temptations’ during those matches, took a toll on the relationship. By 1986 the relationship was beyond repair. On 1st January 1990, Gower and Stewart placed an advertisement in the Times paper announcing their decision to part ways after an unhappy relationship.

When Did David Gower Get Married?

Gower had met his wife, Thorunn Nash, in 1985 while he was still in a relationship with Vicky. They met in London at Volkswagen Audi Group’s Sparks Ball. It was Ms. Nash who approached Gower for a dance. The two immediately hit it off and met for a lunch the following day. Gower proposed to Nash a few days before Christmas of 1989. The two got married in 1992 at Winchester Cathedral. They have two grown-up children. Alex and Sammy Gower, age 24 and 26 respectively.

David Gower’s Stats

Gower has played over a hundred test matches against the teams of India, Pakistan, Srilanka, West Indies, New Zealand, and Australia. In these matches, he has scored over 8,200 runs of which there were 18 centuries and 39 half-centuries. His highest score was 215 runs against Australia. In the One Day International Cricket matches, Gower has played for 114 matches, scoring over three thousand runs, eight centuries and twelve half-centuries. His highest score in ODIs is 158 against New Zealand.

David Gower’s Awards Gower had been awarded the Man of the Match award for thirteen matches against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia. Of these five were in test matches and the rest for One Day International or ODIs. In 1979, Gower was also awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the Year and in 2009 was initiated into the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Hall of Fame.

 

01 Jan, 2019