Michael Gwyl Bevan was born in Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory on 8th May 1970. Widely regarded as one of the greatest ODI batsmen in the history of the game and the greatest finisher of all time, Bevan introduced the world of cricket to the term, ‘The Finisher’. Michael Bevan had supreme fitness and was perhaps the calmest player under pressure, winning Australia in numerous matches under pressure in the limited over format of the game. His batting style wasn’t particularly glamorous or full of devastating strokeplay but was unassuming and got the job done by nudging the ball around across all corners, taking singles and frustrating bowlers by rotating the strike around.
Bevan played 232 ODI matches for Australia, scoring 6912 runs at an average of 53.58 with 6 centuries. He was also a handy bowler picking up 36 wickets. For a player of his talents, he could not establish himself in the Test format, He only played 18 matches scoring 785 runs at an average of 29.07. He played his final game for Australia in 2004.
Bevan suffering from various injuries, especially a troublesome heel retired from all forms of cricket in 2007 leaving behind an unparalleled legacy in ODI cricket as one of the greatest of all time. He had a brief stint in the short-lived controversial Indian Cricket League with the Chennai Superstars as the player/coach.