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South African Cricket Player Gary Kirsten

by on November 20, 2012
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South African Cricket Player Gary Kirsten

Gary Kirsten is recognized as a popular ex-player of the South African cricket team, primarily an opening batsman. This notable player played a total of 185 ODIs and 101 Test cricket tournaments during the course of 1993-2004.

It was in 1993 when Kirsten played against Australia and made Test cricket debut. Later, in 2004, following a winning of 76 in the final innings while playing against the New Zealand cricket team, Kirsten retired from the continuum of International cricket. He also held the recognition of being the first Protea to have played in a total of 100 Test matches against the New Zealand team. This superb player was widely identified owing to his notable contribution to Test and ODI cricket. Not just a reliable opening batsman, Kirsten was a dynamic fielder as well.

In the field, Gary Kirsten was seen as a sight-not-to-be-missed as he was spotted as one brawny batsman in the fields of Test as well as ODI cricket. He held the honor of being the first batsman in Test matches who made 100s against nine Test cricket team representing their respective nations. In the history of Test matches, Kirsten still holds the record of making a feat of 275 by batting for above 14 hours against the English cricket team: the 2nd longest innings with regard to its duration. In the course of the World Cup on 1996, this gem hit a record of the highest innings marked by a South African player in ODI as he made a superb unbeaten score of 188 against the UAE team. This is also the 6th highest innings of all time in ODI history and also the highest score in the history of World Cup.

Post-retirement, Kirsten followed a coaching career and presently, he is serving as a full-time coach for the team’s national side. Gary Kirsten was definitely a different era of cricket master blasters.


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