Mitchell Marsh – Under-19 Star to World Cup Winner
Soon after Mitchell guided Australia to the Under-19 World Cup in 2010, Greg Chappell named Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh as two players from whom great things could be expected. With more than 350 international wickets, Hazlewood has certainly not disappointed his one-time junior coach. But Marsh? Even his biggest fan would struggle to say that he has lived up to the potential he showed while captaining the Under-19s years ago. Mitchell Marsh plays for Australia cricket team and Delhi Team in the Indian T20 League.
Born into a sporting family – Geoff, his father, was part of famous opening combinations with David Boon and Mark Taylor – Marsh spent plenty of his time in childhood in the Australian dressing room, as his father went from being a player to a national coach. He was a star in two sports before he chose cricket and was made Under-19 captain. A debut for the national side soon followed as well, but holding down a place proved a challenge.
Mitchell Marsh: Recent Times
In the Ashes, though, he made 2 sensational centuries, and he was made vice captain of the Test side soon after the ball-tampering scandal that saw Steve Smith and David Warner banned. But a run of 15 innings without crossing 50 saw him dropped, and it was only with the 2021 T20 World Cup and a virtuoso performance in the final that Marsh announced himself on the big stage again.
When the Delhi team paid Rs. 6.5 crores for him in 2022, it was very much on the basis of his displays at the T20 World Cup, rather than any previous Indian T20 League record. Marsh warmed to his task in the final stages of the competition, smashing 2 fifties, but it was too late to lift Delhi into the play-offs.
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Mitchell Marsh’s Personal Details
- Mitchell Ross Marsh
- Date of Birth
- 20th October 1991
- Perth, Australia
- Playing Role
- Batting Style
- Right-handed batter
- Bowling Style
- Right-arm medium
- Current Teams
- Australia National Team, Delhi team
- Jersey Number
Mitchell Marsh’s Current Rankings
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Mitchell Marsh is ranked 24th, 37th, 34th in the T20I, Test and ODIs all-rounder rankings.
- Game Format
- ICC Bowling Rankings
Mitchell Marsh Career Stats
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Mitchell Marsh has the below stats in the ODI, Test and T20I format for Australia team.
- Bowling Average
- Bowling SR
- 181 vs ENG
- 102* vs IND
- 77* vs NZ
Mitchell Marsh - Key Skills and Strengths
Marsh was Australia’s Under-19 captain when they won the World Cup in 2010, in a team coached by Greg Chappell. He made 97 in the semi-final win against Sri Lanka, but in the early years, it was his ability to bowl over 140 km/hr that got him into contention with the senior side. A succession of injuries and indifferent form stifled his progress, but on his good days, Marsh remained a proper seam-bowling option and a batter who could defend watchfully and also attack with real power. The 2017-18 Ashes were his breakthrough in many ways, but he remains a key player across formats because of the rare ability to play as a specialist batter or bowler alone.
Mitchell Marsh - Awards and Achievements
Given that he made his debut for the Australian cricket team, Marsh’s tally of less than 4,000 runs and 109 wickets in international cricket smacks of underachievement. He took a 5-wicket haul in Australia’s opening game against England as they went on to win the 50-over World Cup on home soil (2015) and struck his maiden century in ODIs against India the following year. In the 2017-18 Ashes, he made 2 centuries but a dramatic loss of form the following season saw him lose his place. His comeback was complete as he inspired Australia to victory in the T20 World Cup in 2021.
Here are some of Marsh’s biggest achievements in international cricket:
Mitchell was Man of the Match in the 2021 T20 World Cup final, for his 77* (50 balls).
His displays at that T20 World Cup earned him a place on the ICC’s T20I Team of the Year for 2021.
Only Jonty Rhodes (5) has taken more catches in an ODI innings than Marsh (4).
His 181 against England on home turf in Perth was the 3rd-highest score by an Australian No.6 in an Ashes Test.
Mitchell Marsh’s Indian T20 League Journey
Marsh’s journey in the Indian T20 League began as long back as 2010, with the now-defunct Deccan team. He then played 2 seasons, more as a bowling all-rounder, with the Pune team and then had another year with a new Pune franchise in 2016.
There was just 1 outing with the Hyderabad team when he returned to the league in 2020, and it was the Delhi team that clinched his services at the 2022 auction, by paying Rs. 6.5 crores. Marsh made a sluggish start, having been ill with Covid-19, but his batting blossomed towards the end of the season.
- Indian T20 League
- 89 vs Rajasthan
Mitchell Marsh: FAQs
Currently, Marsh has played for the Australia national cricket team since 2011 and in the Indian T20 League, he plays for the Delhi Team from the year 2022.
As a teenager, Marsh was touted as a future Aussie Rules Football star.
He pulled out of the tournament citing Covid-bubble fatigue.
She played basketball for the Perth Lynx in the Australian women’s league.