Klusener during 1999 World Cup campaign A champion of a cricketer considered one of the greatest all-rounders of all time, South African great Lance Klusener turns 44 today. Having made his one-day international (ODI) debut against England in January 1996, he represented South Africa in 171 ODIs, scoring 3576 runs at a healthy average of 41.10 and a strike rate of 89.91 - which makes him one the most accomplished modern-day batsmen.
Sports, in many ways, mirrors reality television. Emotions run high, and the desire to succeed burns like a flame in the minds of players. Cricket is by no means an exception, and with the extent of hard work and determination that players show on the field, coming in at second place is no compensation. The level of competitiveness in professional sports reaches great heights, and when both sides give their all, end up as the second-best, i
Ambidextrous people are those who can use both their hands to good effect (if not equal) for various tasks. Some people can even use both their hands for writing. The game of cricket has seen quite a few stars coming from such a breed. There are those who can switch from a right-hander to being a left-hander or vice-versa while batting – like Kevin Pietersen, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell; while some can throw with either of their arms wit
16 years is quite a long time to remember anything, but the visuals of the second semi-final of the 1999 World Cup are engraved subconsciously in the minds of countless cricket fans and viewers around the world. A match that is etched into the history books as arguably one of the greatest games in ODI cricket will have its legacy live on perpetually. Since then, four World Cups have come and gone. Many great careers have come and gone. A whol
Lance Klusener The South African cricketer, Lance Klusener who was famously known as 'ZULU' among cricket fans is one of the most skilled players to have ever played the game. Having spent his childhood among the Zulu children in a sugarcane farm, Klusener made his first-class debut for Dolphins at the age of 20 and soon broke into the South African side. When we talk about the best all rounders of modern era, names like J
1999 World Cup semi-final: Lance Klusener and Allan Donald run as Steve Waugh gestures The World Cup semis are upon us – that time of cricket’s showpiece tournament which produces the most well-known cricket anecdotes to last the years. History only ever remembered the victor though – Lance Klusener running back to the pavilion is the defining moment of the ‘99 World Cup only in the more obscure annals of t
A game which has many twists and turns and ‘goes down to the wire’, as Ravi Shastri puts it, is the ideal game for a spectator. People just love to watch close encounters, and it doesn’t matter whether it is their own team and players facing the heat in the middle. The greatest clashes in the history of the game will have a large number of these closely fought encounters because they give the most amount of joy to the watch
There is a lot at stake for all the participating teams at the World Cup with it being the most coveted trophy in the cricketing world. Given the enormity of the occassion, certain teams take their game to the highest level. When their performances gel with a little bit of good luck, they go all the way to the trophy. However, at times, certain teams just don’t have their lady luck smiling on them and in spite of delivering some reall
The 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa continues to remain the greatest match in World Cup history Which games end up as the greatest ever? There have been numerous ties and even greater close shaves in ODI cricket. Some of them have been played between unequal opponents and others between equally formidable arch-rivals. All of them have evoked contrasting reactions – ecstasy for one and agony for another. Which one,
If you are a South African fan, better visit your cardiologist before the World Cup begins. South Africa, despite playing in the least number of World Cups (among the Top 8 teams) has produced the most number of memorable (forgettable for the team) moments for cricket fans. Here’s a look at the Top 5 forgettable moments for South Africa in World Cups:
Winning a World Cup must be every player’s dream, but not being able to achieve it doesn’t make them any less. Here is a team of 11 of the greatest players who never won a World Cup in their cricketing career. Note: The list doesn’t include players who are still active.
Can South Africa break their World Cup jinx? With the World Cup just a few days away, all the top teams in world cricket are busy preparing for this big event. Just like any other top side, the South African team is also gearing up for the mega event. A lot is expected from this South African team as they get ready to start their World Cup campaign. Under the leadership of A.B. de Villiers, the Proteas have done very well in the recent
The World Cup is the pinnacle of cricketing glory. It is something that every cricketer dreams of. This is why players are more fired up when they take to the field to represent their country on the biggest stage of them all. So, not surprisingly, we get to witness some of the most unforgettable performances from the players. The enormity of the occasion brings out the best in some players, with both bat and ball. These performances have g
Lance Klusener When Allan Donald suffered one of the costliest brain fades of all time, Lance Klusener was yards away from him. 12 or so yards away. His and his country’s cricketing destinies, hanging by a brittle thread, were on the verge of going unfulfilled. And all he could do was watch. Watch as he reached the shores of safety to still see the ship sink. The ship he was steering single-handedly in stormy seas. Whose f
An exile from world cricket from 1970 to 1991 meant that South Africa made their Cricket World Cup debut only in the 1992 edition, and this meant that a generation of talented players missed out on an opportunity to play in the pinnacle event of the sport. However, ever since returning to the cricketing fold, the South African team has almost always been one of the better sides in the World Cup. We look at a playing XI of South African cricket