Mitchell Marsh, the talented Aussie all-rounder, is now the talk of the town for the superb innings of 77 runs he played against New Zealand in the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Born on October 20, 1991, Mitchell Marsh, following the footsteps of father Geoff Marsh and brother Shaun Marsh, got into cricket.
In the white-ball format, his ability to swing the ball and smash the ball out of the field is well-known.
So today, we list down 10 interesting thing about Mitchell Marsh.
1) Early life and inspirations
Raised in Perth, Mitchell Marsh grew up idolizing great cricketers like Steve Waugh and Jacques Kallis.
2) Home influences in sports
Mitchell grew up in a hugely successful sporting family – with his father Geoff Marsh – a former Australian opener, and his brother Shaun Marsh is still active on the international circuit.
On the other hand, his sister Melissa Marsh is also a former basketball player who played in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL)
3) Early entry into the Australian dressing room:
His father Geoff Marsh was the coach of the Australian cricket team that won the 1999 World Cup in England.
So, Mitchell Marsh, through his father, had an early entry into the Australian dressing room as a child.
4) Love for football
Before focusing on cricket, Mitchell had a huge knack for the game of football.
An Australian rules footballer, Marsh played for Western Australia in the 2008 AFL National Under-18 Championships.
5) Early exposure
In February 2009, at the age of just 17 years, Marsh made his debut for the Western Australian Warriors in the Ford Ranger Cup
Doing so, he became the youngest cricketer to play the Australian domestic One-day tournament in over 70 years.
6) Club record and leading the U-19 team:
Mitchell scored 208 for his club and broke the club record for the highest score, and also lead the Australia U-19 team to victory in the 2010 U-19 World Cup.
7) Australia debut:
Mitchell made both his ODI and T20I debut against South Africa during Australia’s tour of South Africa in 2011.
He made his Test debut against Pakistan in UAE in 2014.
8) Breakthrough in the 2015 World Cup
In the 2015 World Cup, in a Pool A match against England, defending 343, he picked up 5 wickets for just 33 runs and helped his side win the match
This is his best bowling performance to this date.
9) T20 specialist:
Marsh is considered as a T20 specialist for his all-round ability to hit the cricket ball a long way and hit 140 kph consistently
Marsh has played for the Pune Warriors India, Kings XI Punjab Deccan Chargers, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL and currently represents Perth Scorchers in the BBL.
10) The Big match player
Marsh hit two consecutive sixes off the last two balls to help Perth Scorchers win the 2014 Champions League T20.
He smashed consecutive sixes off Robbie Frylinck as his team beat Dolphins by six wickets.
Similarly, he played a match-winning 77 run knock against the Kiwis in the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup