Steve Tikolo

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Steve Tikolo
Personal information
Full name Stephen Ogonji Tikolo
Born (1971-06-25) 25 June 1971 (age 47)
Nairobi, Kenya
Nickname Gunnzie, Guns
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm medium/off spin
Role All-rounder
Relations Tom Tikolo (brother)
David Tikolo (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 11) 18 February 1996 v India
Last ODI 23 January 2014 v Netherlands
ODI shirt no. 5
T20I debut (cap 10) 1 September 2007 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 26 November 2013 v Canada
T20I shirt no. 5
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995–1996 Border
Southern Rocks
Rwenzori Warriors
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 135 15 62 213
Runs scored 3,428 345 4,728 6,105
Batting average 29.05 28.75 48.24 33.00
100s/50s 3/24 0/2 11/26 9/40
Top score 111 56* 220 133
Balls bowled 4,016 170 5,991 6,647
Wickets 94 12 85 168
Bowling average 34.20 14 37.18 30.67
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/41 4/2 6/80 4/18
Catches/stumpings 67/– 9/– 58/– 104/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 May 2017

Stephen Ogonji Tikolo (born 25 June 1971) is a former Kenya cricketer, and a former ODI captain. Widely regarded as the greatest Kenyan cricketer ever, Tikolo has scored the most runs and taken the second most wickets for the team in ODI's.[1]


Tikolo came from a cricketing family with his oldest brother Tom being a former captain of Kenya while his other brother David Tikolo played in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

Domestic career

Tikolo is a right-handed middle order batsman and part-time right-arm medium pace and off-spin bowler. Tikolo has previously represented Border in South African domestic cricket and has also spent time playing in England and Bangladesh. Most recently he has been playing club cricket in England and in Kenya he plays for Swamibapa Cricket Club in Nairobi.

In 2005 Tikolo was signed by Haverigg to play cricket in England.[2]

In 2008 Tikolo was selected as captain of The Eastern Aces in Kenya's Domestic Tournament, the Sahara Elite League

International career

In 1996 Cricket World Cup, Tikolo made his ODI debut for Kenya. Coming in at 3 for his maiden innings Tikolo made 65 against India.[3] Tikolo went on to play a couple more impressive innings in the Cup, top scoring for his side with 29 in their historic victory over West Indies at Pune[4] and 96 against Sri Lanka at Kandy.[5]

Tikolo further enhanced his reputation as Kenya's premier batsman with 147 against Bangladesh in the 1997 ICC Trophy final. The innings gave them official ODI status and booked Kenya's place in England for the 1999 Cricket World Cup. It was another successful World Cup for Tikolo as he made a pair of 50's against India and England.

In 2002 Tikolo was named as the new Kenyan captain and led from the front in the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy with innings of 93 and 69.

Tikolo led the Kenyan national side during their run to the semi finals of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. This was a huge feat for a country that has not even been granted Test status, which is still rated as the best performance by Kenya in international arena.

After a poor 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, he quit as captain and instead led a players' strike in protest of internal politics. The strike forced a new regime and he returned as captain.[6]

In 2007 he became the first player from a non Test playing country to appear in 100 ODI games and also 2,500 ODI runs.[7]

His last appearance as captain, was the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier, where Kenya secured place for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[8]

In August 2010, months after walking out on the team and indicating he would not play international cricket again, Tikolo announced his availability for the 2011 World Cup. He announced his retirement after the World Cup but returned at age of 42 when he was recalled for 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in UAE.[9]

Tikolo has also represented an Africa XI against an Asia XI. Tikolo's dominance of Kenyan cricket, is well highlighted that as of January 2007 he possessed six of the nine highest scores by a Kenyan batsman in ODI cricket.[10] Tikolo has made three ODI centuries; 106* against Bangladesh, 111 against Bermuda and 102 against Zimbabwe. He has been dismissed in the 90s on three occasions.[11]

Coaching career

In July 2012 it was announced that Tikolo had been appointed the batting coach of the Ugandan national team[12] but in May 2013, he was coach of Kenya national under-19 cricket team and his first assignment was at the ICC under-19 World Cup Africa qualifiers. During that tenure, Uganda won the T20 African Premier League and qualified for the World Cricket League Division II.

He was named interim coach of Kenya national cricket team when he replaced Robin Brown as head coach after Kenya's failure to qualify for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[13]

In May 2016, Tikolo was appointed as head coach of the Uganda national cricket team ahead of World Cricket League Division Three and is scheduled to take place in 2017.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Steve Tikolo - Kenya's greatest cricketer". ESPN. March 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "Cricket pros playing in Cumbria". BBC Cumbria. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  3. ^ "Wisdon Almaneck - Wills World Cup, 6th Match: India v Kenya at Cuttack, Feb 18, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Hosts buoyant ahead of Kenya clash". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Wisdon Almaneck - Wills World Cup, 28th Match: Sri Lanka v Kenya at Kandy, Mar 6, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Tikolo to step down from captaincy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  7. ^ "A run-fest for Tikolo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Kenya skipper Tikolo's takes a bow after brilliant innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Kenya recall 42-year-old Tikolo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  10. ^ "ODI Career Highest Individual Scores: Kenya". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  11. ^ "Steve Tikolo innings by innings ODI record". CricInfo. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  12. ^ "Steve Tikolo teams up with Uganda". CricInfo. ESPN CricInfo. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Tikolo named Kenya interim coach". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Steve Tikolo appointed Uganda coach". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

External links

  • Steve Tikolo at ESPNcricinfo
  • Steve Tikolo at CricketArchive (subscription required)
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