Mark Ramprakash is a former English cricketer and coach for Middlesex, Surrey & England. He is among only 25 players in the game to have scored 100 first-class centuries. Ramprakash is arguably the most talented batsman English cricket has ever seen, and one of the most prolific scorers ever in domestic cricket. It remains a mystery to many as to why he was unable to transfer his wonderful ability onto the International stage. Mark Ramprakash came to national prominence winning ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, with dancing partner Karen Hardy, receiving the maximum score from the judges.
Mark Ramprakash, MBE is a former English cricketer and right-handed batsman. Mark initially made his name playing for Middlesex, and was selected for England, aged 21. Despite being among the most gifted and heavily scoring English batsmen of his generation at county level, Mark rarely performed well during a long but intermittent international career. Mark became a particularly prolific run scorer when he moved to Surrey in 2001, averaging over 100 runs per innings in two successive seasons (2006 & 2007). In one particular game for Surrey against Northamptonshire, Mark even managed a 301-not out, beating his own record of 292 from just three months earlier. After earning promotion with Surrey, Mark built on his outstanding season with another one in 2007. Becoming Wisden Cricketer of the Year and PCA Player of the Year thanks to 2026 first-class runs. Mark became the only man to have averaged over 100 runs in two successive seasons in the English game, and is one of only 25 players in the history of the sport to have scored 100 first-class centuries.
Mark Ramprakash was selected for his first Test match for England against the West Indies at Headingley in 1991. This was the same game in which Graeme Hick made his England Test debut, and like Hick, he struggled to impress, producing a series of scores in the 20s. Mark was dropped in 1992 after a number of poor performances. However, his consistent heavy scoring in county cricket meant that Mark was always on the fringes of selection.
In November 2012, Mark Ramprakash was announced as the batting coach for the Lions in India. In January 2013, Mark was appointed as batting coach for Middlesex, on a two-year contract. Mark went from being Middlesex Batting Coach in 2012-2014, to a long-term role as England Batting Coach. Mark was a thinker on the game, in particular on batting technique.
Mark Ramprakash became known to a wider public when he accepted an invitation to appear in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, with dancing partner was Karen Hardy. The pair won the 2006 competition receiving a maximum score from the judges.
Mark and Karen became the first couple to re-start a routine after the couple’s initial attempt saw Mark’s mic get caught in Karen’s dress during a salsa dance – they still managed to achieve the highest score of the night. Mark said ‘I’d never say I was confident going out to dance because it can take one small lapse in concentration and you can go wrong.’
Mark also appeared on a episode of ‘The Weakest Link’, being voted off in the fifth round. Mark is a supporter Arsenal and CSI Las Vegas.
Speaker & Awards Host
A popular awards host and after dinner speaker, Mark Ramprakash speaks about his successes, his failures, and amusing stories of his times as a cricketer. Mark also talks about peak performance, overcoming adversity, teamwork, maximising success and more. A popular TV personality, Mark is sure to impress guests at corporate and charity events.
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