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South African Cricket Player Hansie Cronje

by on November 20, 2012
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South African Cricket Player Hansie Cronje

 

Hansie Cronje was a former cricketer of the South African cricket team who is widely remembered for his role as a captain for his team during the 90s. Even though he was selected as the 11th greatest South African cricketer in 2004, however, he was also notorious for his life ban from playing as a professional player as he was found to be involved in a scandal of match-fixing.

In the realm of his first-class career, Cronje was only 18 when he first performed his first-class debut against Transvaal in 1988 for Orange Free State. Two years later, he was bequeathed with the responsible role of a captain for Orange Free State in the season of 1990-91 during which he made his maiden century against Natal and by the end of the season, Cronje made another century with a score of 715 runs averaging at 39.72. He also played for Leicestershire in 1995 during which he made a feat of 1301 runs averaging at 52.04 and proved to be the top player with the high score of the county. He made several achievements later during the Currie Cup with top batting average score.

In 1991-92, Cronje was spotted in his most determined form in ODI cricket averaging at 61.40, following which he was called up for the World Cup of 1992 and thus made his ODI debut by playing against the Australian cricket team.  Through the course of the play, Cronje was part of 8 out 9 matches and bat with an average of 34.00. As a medium paced bowler, he played for 20 overs in the game. Proceeding to the tour of India in the season of 1992-93, he made a sixer in ODI at a crucial point when the team required 6 runs from only 4 balls. As a result, he was given the honor of Man of the Match.

Cronje also served as a stand-in and subsequent permanent captain for his team. However, in 2000, he played his final cricket match against Pakistan which was the final for the Sharjah Cup and made a feat of 79 against 73 balls. Under the captaincy of Cronje, the South African cricket team won a total of 27 Tests and 138 One Day Internationals. In fact, his record of 99 victorious winnings as a captain marks as the 3rd most accomplished captain even today. Two years later after his life time ban from professional cricket, Cronje died in a plane crash on 1st June.

 

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