When Wayne Madsen scored 170 not out on his Derbyshire debut against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham in 2009 it was apparent that the county had unearthed a player of high quality.
Indisputably Derbyshire’s finest batsman of the 21st century, Madsen has scored 19,496 all formats runs in 421 matches with 41 hundreds and a further 108 fifties. Only two players have scored more runs for Derbyshire, and just one has made more hundreds.
His highest score of 231 not out came at Northampton in 2012, the year he captained Derbyshire to the County Championship division two title.
Madsen has also developed into Derbyshire’s best and most prolific Twenty20 batter, with a county record 3,537 runs to his name including another county record 23 half centuries plus a century, off 47 balls, the fastest in any form of the game for Derbyshire.
In the field, he has taken 319 catches in all forms of the game, the sixth highest number by a non-wicketkeeper.
He captained Derbyshire 132 times and was capped in 2011.
(Written prior to the 2023 season).