David Ivon Gower is a former English batsman who also led the English cricket team. Gower was born on 1st April 1957 at Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. He was one of the most stylish southpaw of his time who was a prolific batsman and bowled right arm off break. He occasionally kept wickets for England too. He played 117 Test matches scoring 8231 runs and 114 One Day International matches scoring 3170 runs and also led his side as Captain. Gower is married to his wife Thorunn Gower since 1994. His family comprises of his wife and two children- daughters Alex and Sammi.
England had been waiting for a new young batsman for several despairing years when David Gower, a teenager with golden curls from the King's School in Canterbury started scoring runs with effortless grace for Leicestershire in the mid 1970s. Gower grew up in British controlled Tanganayika at Dar-es-salaam where his father, Richard Gower, worked for the British Empire. Tanganayika gained independence and Gower with his family came back and settled at Kent in England. His initial schooling was at Marlborough House School and later he attended The King’s School at Canterbury. Gower wanted to attend the famous Oxford University for higher studies but instead got a chance University College, London. He immersed himself in playing professional cricket after attending only 6 months of college.
Gower started his domestic cricket career playing for Leicestershire county team on 30th July 1975. Gower initially failed to impress with his batting skills for the entire season but was retained for 1976 season. Gower impressed one and all with his batting skills during this season where he notched up 323 runs averaging 35.88. He showed his class not only in Test matches but also in first class ODI matches.
On form, David Gower was one of the most aesthetically pleasing batsman to watch. His timing could be perfect and he played at times with an effortless ease. He finished with over 8,000 runs, 18 test hundreds at an average of 44. His style at the crease appeared cavalier, but, there were few more sights more pleasing than David effortless square cutting for four. He had a wonderfully graceful style, and when in form it was a joy to watch. But, his carefree attitude also had its flip side. He sometimes seemed to get out to careless shots – just as he should be settling in. He was made captain of England and in 1984-85 led to victory over India. He became one of the few England captain’s to lead England to regaining the Ashes over Australia in 1985. However, in the series against West Indies in 1984 and 1985-86, he suffered the ignominy of losing 5-0. He was dropped from the England side many say prematurely as his style conflicted with the more disciplinarian attitude of Graham Gooch the new England captain. David always had a reputation for being a laid back character, enjoying life as much as cricket. During the 1991 Ashes tour, he got into trouble for flying a Tiger moth during an England warm up game – without telling the management.
|Birth Date:||1 Apr, 1957|
|Birth Place:||Royal Tunbridge Wells|
|Education:||University College London
The King's School Canterbury
|Description:||Cricket player of England.|
|Net Worth 2021:||5 million|