Mike Brearley was one of England's greatest cricket captain who was born on 28th April 1942. He thrice won the Ashes, including the unforgettable series of 1981, when his leadership helped England to snatch victory from defeat. Yet there was nothing inevitable about his rise.
Brearley as a batsman averaged 22.88 in his 39 Tests for England. But he led them in 31 of them and was worth his weight in gold as captain. His captaincy record, 18 wins to 4 losses, stands at the very top across time and lands.
He played for Cambridge University beginning in 1961 and was made captain in 1964. Brearley has a long and close connection with India. He is married to the architect and designer, Mana Sarabhai, whom he met in Ahmedabad on the MCC tour of 1976-77.
He captained England in the 1979 Cricket World Cup Final. A spell out of the game in his mid-20s stymied his progress and when he returned full-time to captain Middlesex, his innovative approach found little favour with the old guard.
After retirement, Brearley moved to the field that seemed to have been tailor made for him. He was President of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 2007–08. He was succeeded by Derek Underwood as President of the MCC in 2008. Currently, he is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist—registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).