Bangladesh Pace Bowling Coach Allan Donald Biography
If the credit for South Africa’s success in the modern era could be given to one player, that cricketer would be Allan Donald. A classical action and top-drawer pace would have won him a place in any side in his prime, and for much of his career he was the only world-class performer in the South African team, spearing the ball in, shaping it away and always making things happen. His strike rate was below 50 in Tests and close to 30 in one-day internationals. Inevitably, he was over-bowled and the injuries began to accumulate in the twilight of his career. He quit Test cricket after breaking down in the crushing defeat by Australia at Johannesburg in 2001-02, retired from ODIs a year later, after South Africa’s exit from the 2003 World Cup, and from all cricket a year later as his physical deterioration accelerated. Of Afrikaans stock, Donald speaks English with a slight Birmingham accent – at least, to South African ears – picked up during his lengthy spell as Warwickshire’s overseas professional, a role he filled with distinction. No living South African player, past or present, commands as much respect from the public and his peers as Donald, the first bowler from his country to take 300 Test wickets. He transferred his huge knowledge of quick bowling to the commentary box and coaching and took up the role of bowling coach with England in 2007. However, when it was offered full time he turned it down, wanting to spend more time with his family, and instead took up a role with Warwickshire where he had enjoyed years of success as an overseas player in 1990s.
Allan Donald profile and biography, stats, records
|: October 20, 1966 (age 55 years), Bloemfontein, South Africa
|: 1.93 m
|: White Lightning
|: South African
|: Tina Donald
|: Hannah Donald, Oliver Donald
Net Worth & Salary in 2022
So how much is Allan Donald worth today? At the age of fifty five, the South African cricket player has a net worth of about 100,000 – $1M. This roughly translates to 100,000 – $1M euros or 100,000 – $1M pounds. The net worth estimates vary because it’s difficult to forecast spending habits over the years. Allan Donald’s wealth comes mostly from being a successful Cricket Player.
1. Allan Donald is a Libra.
2. He has been alive for 20,224 days or 485,375 hours.
3. He was born in the Year of the Horse.
4. His next birthday is in 228 days.
5. Allan Donald is 6 feet 4 inches tall.
6. He was born in Generation X (1966).
7. On Allan’s date of birth, the number one song in America was “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by Four Tops.
8. Allan Donald primary income source is from being a Cricket Player.
9. Allan Donald’s birth flower is Marigold.
10. Allan Donald’s nickname: Allan
11. His birthstone is Opal and Tourmaline.
12. Allan’s life path number is 7.
13. His ruling planet is Venus.
Famously nicknamed ‘the white lightning’, the credit for a lot of Proteas’ success goes to the man who shaped their fortunes in the post-apartheid era. A fearsome fast bowler with a classical action, Donald led the way for the new generation of pace devils who would enthrall the crowds later on.
Known as ‘White Lightning’, he is remembered as a fearsome fast bowler, scowling and aggressive, with a circular white area of zinc cream across his cheeks and nose. Making his international debut in late 1991 against India, Donald came into his own during the 1992 WC taking the centre-stage with his zippy pace bowling, he was arguably the fastest bowler of that tournament as he took South Africa to the semis. The Test debut was to come soon enough and Donald was one amongst the 10 South Africans to debut in the one-off Test against West Indies at Bridgetown, Barbados. Donalds’s first Test at home was in the summer of 92 and he enjoyed a successful homecoming grabbing 20 wickets in the 4-Test series against India.
Some of the magical moments are stuffed in realms of stories about his bowling capabilities. His riveting showdown against Mike Atherton in the Trent Bridge Test in 1998 is still a bookmark for hostile pace bowling. His tantrums against Rahul Dravid in the 1996 tri-nation finals at Durban showed the spark in his eyes when things got tough.
Donald’s flow was interrupted by injuries which forced him to give up Test cricket in 2001 and the ODI form of the game after South Africa crashed out of the 2003 WC. Donald ended a superb career with 330 wickets from 72 Tests at a very acceptable strike rate of less than 50.
Donald was known for his Birmingham accented English, partly due to spending years at Edgbaston playing for the English county side, Warwickshire. Since retirement, Donald has had temporary stints as the bowling coach with England and New Zealand before accepting the full time job as the bowling coach of South Africa in 2011.
Donald also was the bowling coach and was also made the head coach of the Pune Warriors team in the IPL. He had a forgettable time with the team as they always finished last or just one spot above in the three years that he was in charge. However, after the team was terminated in 2014, Donald was drafted by Royal Challengers Bangalore to be their bowling coach.
Donald has also served a period of time as a commentator for South Africa Broadcasting Corp (SABC). He has authored his biography which is known as ‘The White Lightning’.
By Pradeep Krishnamurthy
As of April 2014
More Info: Allan Donald appointed Bangladesh pace bowling coach
Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed Allan Donald as their next pace bowling coach. The contract for the former South Africa will run till the next ICC T20 World Cup.
Donald, who played 72 Tests and 64 ODIs, will take over from Ottis Gibson, who joined Yorkshire as head coach. Donald had worked as a bowling consultant in 2007 and also had a stint with Warwickshire County Cricket Club. He then went on to work with Zimbabwe’s domestic side – Mountaineers – in 2010 and also served as New Zealand’s bowling coach during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.
He has also worked with South Africa and Sri Lanka before and once had a stint in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore. The legendary pacer was also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2019.
“Very special day for me just to announce that I will be joining the Bangladesh cricket team right from the start of the South African series, leading upto the T20 World Cup that will take place in Australia,” Donald said. “I am also working very closely with Russell Domingo who I know very very well from my days with the Proteas. I know he’s been working very hard with the Bangladesh team and I am looking forward to working with the Bangladesh fast bowlers. Young talented bunch and I know that they are doing very well over there at the moment against Afghanistan. I really look forward to joining them in the coming days in Pretoria before the first One-day international against the Proteas.”
Bangladesh are scheduled to tour South Africa for three ODIs and two Tests with the opening fixture scheduled for March 18. C: Crickbuzz
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