A carefree, vibrant batsman, Lou Vincent enjoyed a spectacular start to his Test career with a century and a half-century on debut and that too against the Aussies at Perth in 2001.
Then, he had a slump that saddled him for a considerable time.
He earned some decent starts but didn’t take them quite far enough, giving away good opportunities. This pattern stretched through to his ODI game as well.
Pleasing on the eye, Vincent’s Test appearances were intermittent.
However, he had a long and fruitful ODI career, where his athleticism and occasional skill behind the stumps tipped the balance in favor of the New Zealand side. Lou Vincent’s best moment in cricket came when he smashed 172 runs against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo Stadium, in 2003.
Vincent was touted as the next New Zealand cricket superstar, but although he took some crucial wickets, his form was patchy and he was in and out of the team.
After being dropped from the New Zealand side, Vincent suffered depression. He further strained his relationship with New Zealand Cricket by signing up for the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League after overcoming the disorder. Since then Vincent has established himself as a quite-crafty batsman for hire, playing for four different English counties and a whole lot of other teams around the world.
Lou Vincent is a cricketer who played international cricket for the New Zealand national side in all formats, but who was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) due to match-fixing in 2012.
A cricketer for Hampshire, Sussex, Lancashire and Mumbai Indians, Lou Vincent was handed a life ban from all forms of cricket after admitting to involvement in match-fixing. His lifetime ban from the sport also extended to the Champions League T20.
Rise to Glory
Vincent, who has a very innovative way of batting, got his first test century in his first match but for one day matches, it took him 63 matches to get a three-figure score.
When the New Zealand team in sports faced Zimbabwe, the eventual match was his most memorable. He was said to be consistent when he was against Australia and scored a century in 2007.
There was a time in 2011 when Vincent faced major personal defeats and almost broke down due to the recession. He had some conflicts with the coach, John Bracewell, which led to his sacking from his team.
Lou Vincent was previously a New Zealand-born cricketer who played for the Black Caps. After such consistent events, he remained away from cricket, thus hindering his return to the national team. Years later in 2014, he received a lifetime ban for match fixing in club cricket.
Lou Vincent was a part of many prestigious cricket clubs, including Esholt Cricket Club, Sussex County Cricket Club, Indian Cricket League, etc.
Lou Vincent has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He was banned for life in 2014 and has since been living a retired life with his family.
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