A Cricketing Enigma
He was born in 1927 in Riding Mill, Northumberland and started his cricketing career with Gloucestershire CCC at the age of 20. He was well liked by his friends but was treated “unfairly” by the others in the game. He constantly fought a reputation as a dabbler by gaining numerous championships for his county sides. One of his sternest critics was England captain Len Hutton who felt that Graveney’s entertaining batting style was irresponsible and preferred grafters in his side. In this respect his career bears comparison with the modern cricketing enigma Kevin Pietersen. In Tom Graveney’s own words: “I was the best batsman in the country between 1963 and 1966,” he later said. “I just didn’t get picked. And then to be brought back after my 39th birthday was a bit ridiculous,” This was eloquent of the personal obstacles he had to overcome in order to prove himself. In his later years, he also became a game summariser for BBC and President of Worcestershire and the MCC.
Tom Graveney – a Stylish Batsman
The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Colin Graves feels privileged to have known Tom Graveney. He considers him as “one of the game’s great stylists; a batsman whose name became synonymous with elegance and whose perfectly executed cover drive will live long in the memory of those who saw it”.
He further recounted that Tom Graveney was a true gentleman who served England with distinction and in the end “gave back” to his dear game by becoming MCC President”. He explained that everyone in the cricket club were saddened by his passing. He said further: “our thoughts go out to the Graveney family at this sad time.” He was one of the stalwarts of our first two Championship triumphs and will be hugely missed by everyone at Worcestershire CCC and by cricket as a whole.”
Alan Ross perceived his tall, slim and gifted elegance as “beautiful in calm seas, yet at the mercy of every change of weather”. He constantly pleased crowds wherever he played in the world.
He is survived by his son, Tim and daughter, Becky