South Africa Cricket Players
Hansie CronjeBorn in Bloemfontein, he matriculated in 1987 from the prestigious Grey College school in Bloemfontein. An excellent all round sportsman, he represented the then Orange Free State in cricket and rugby at schools level. He made his first class debut playing for Orange Free State against Transvaal at Johannesburg in 1987/1988 at the age of 18. He made his Test debut against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1991 and one-day international debut against Australia at Sydney in the 1992 cricket World Cup soon after the ban on South Africa was lifted. (South Africa was banned from international cricket in 1970 for the apartheid policies followed by the government).Under his captaincy South Africa won 27 Tests and lost 11. He captained the One Day International team to 99 wins out of 138 one day internationals with one match drawn.
He scored 3,714 Test runs in 68 Test matches at an average of 36.41 with 6 Test centuries. He also took 43 Test wickets. He scored over 5,000 ODI runs in nearly 200 ODIs at an average of 38.64 with just 2 centuries. He also took over 100 ODI wickets. He has over 10,000 first class runs at an average of 43.69 and 184 first class wickets at an average of 34.43 A highly talented young batsman, occasional medium pace bowler and excellent tactician, Cronje began his career at Free State, captaining them at age 21, and first playing for his country at 22. Appointed captain of South Africa in 1993, he led the side to Test series victories against New Zealand and England.
- Full name : Wessel Johannes Cronje
- Born : September 25, 1969, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
- Died : June 1, 2002, Cradock Peak, Western Cape, South Africa (aged 32 years 249 days)
- Batting style : Right-hand bat
- Bowling style : Right-arm medium
- Test debut : West Indies v South Africa at Bridgetown - Apr 18-23, 1992
- Last Test : India v South Africa at Bangalore - Mar 2-6, 2000
- ODI debut : Australia v South Africa at Sydney - Feb 26, 1992
- Last ODI : Pakistan v South Africa at Sharjah - Mar 31, 2000