Player Profile

Timothy James Murtagh
Ireland
Born August 02, 1981 ( 39 Yrs )
Birth Place Lambeth, London
Height 6 ft 2 in
Known As Dial M
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Left Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm fast-medium

Career Information - Teams

England, Middlesex, Ireland, Marylebone Cricket Club


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

The nagging pacer is one of those Englishmen who pursued an international career for another country owing to his families' nationality. Having played long and hard for Middlesex, it took one conversation with his fellow teammate, Ed Joyce, which lead him to pursue an international future with Ireland.

Murtagh's journey as a cricketer started with Surrey's age level cricket but he moved to Middlesex in 2007 and became a household name for the county. But despite having superb seasons in 2008, where he picked up 104 wickets across all formats and in 2011 when he picked up 85 wickets in the county championship and still being ignored by the English selectors, Murtagh decided to make a move.

Murtagh's grandfather was born in Dublin and the cricketer applied for Irish citizenship in October 2011, which was granted in January, 2012. Having spent most of his prime with Middlesex, Murtagh turned out to be the exact need for Ireland. Upon citizenship, he made his debut against Australia in a One Day International and soon after secured his Twenty20 debut, against Bangladesh. His ODI debut turned out to be a bitter sweet moment as rain washed out proceedings.

However, Murtagh's impressive credentials weren't to be forgotten and he was named in the Ireland squad for the 2015 World cup, held in Australia and New Zealand. As luck would have it though Murtagh suffered a broken foot ahead of the tournament and was forced to miss what could have been the highlight of his career. Max Sorensen replaced him for the mega event. Having announced his retirement from Twenty20 internationals in 2015, Murtagh came back from retirement to lead the attack in the 2016 WC qualifiers in an unsuccessful attempt.

With Ireland securing Test status, Murtagh will be the man to lead his team in the purest form of the game, albeit at an age when he's getting closer towards retirement. His high arm action with nip and swing aiding his bowling, he will be quite a handy option at the Village in the Dublin.

Did You Know: Murtagh had picked up 6 for 24 against Middlesex for Surrey in 2005 in a domestic T20 game. These were the then best figures in a T20 game. Middlesex is where he moved to from Surrey. Life and ironies.

by Kumar Abhisekh Das


Career

TEST debut vs Pakistan at The Village, May 11, 2018
Last TEST vs England at Lord's, Jul 24, 2019
ODI debut vs Australia at Civil Service Cricket Club, Jun 23, 2012
Last ODI vs Zimbabwe at Civil Service Cricket Club, Jul 07, 2019
T20 debut vs Bangladesh at Civil Service Cricket Club, Jul 21, 2012
Last T20 vs Netherlands at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Mar 13, 2016

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 58 36 12 188 23 7.83 297 63.3 0 0 0 17 1
T20 14 5 3 26 12 13 25 104 0 0 0 0 1
Test 3 6 2 109 54 27.25 132 82.58 0 0 1 14 2
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 58 57 3020 2290 74 21/5 21/5 4.55 30.95 40.81 1 0
T20 14 14 268 324 13 23/3 23/3 7.25 24.92 20.62 0 0
Test 3 6 570 213 13 13/5 65/6 2.24 16.38 43.85 1 0
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0