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Top 10 South African ODI openers of all time

Tanya Rudra
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:15 IST

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South Africa, who were reinstated as a Test nation in 1991 by the ICC, played their first sanctioned international game since 1970 and their first-ever ODI against India in Calcutta on 10 November 1991.

Despite the immense cricketing talent they have produced over the years, the Proteas have always been underachievers at the ICC tournaments.

On 28 August 2012, South Africa became the first team to top the ICC rankings in all three formats of the game.

South Africa, who are yet to win a World Cup, hold the record of the highest successful run chase in ODIs. They won the fifty-over match against Australia on 12 March 2006 by chasing down 438 in 49.5 overs.

Now, let's have a look at the top 10 openers who played for South Africa, the number one ODI team in the world, in the last 26 years.

#10 Mike Rindel

During a short-lived career, Mike Rindel opened the batting for South Africa in 16 ODI, scoring 480 runs at an average of 30.00.

Between 1995 and 1999, Rindel, who was run out five times in his first seven outings, scored a century and two fifties while opening the batting for Proteas.

Rindel, who won the Man of the Match award in his debut game, got his highest ODI score of 106 in a 1995 fifty-over game against Pakistan at Johannesburg.

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