Jacobus Andries Rudolph popularly called “Rudy”. Rudolph is a South African cricketer.
He is a left-handed batsman known for his picture-perfect cover drive and his nifty footwork.
Rudolph has come a long way to overcome political obstacles to establish his name in the cricketing world.
Rudolph has also the capability to bowl leg break, which gives the team a choice to use him as a part-timer in the team. He plays for Nashua Titans in South Africa and has also been parts of the English County sides like Yorkshire, Glamorgan, and Surrey.
Rudolph has played over 262 matches during his cricketing career and has scored over 10,000 runs at a staggering average of 48.28.
Rudolph is one of those very few batsman who has scored an unbeaten double on his Test debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2003, two years after he played his first unofficial match at Centurion against India, in the aftermath of the Mike Denness affair, which saw him in and out of the team.
His double-century in Chittagong created history as it became the part of a record-breaking, unbeaten 429-run stand for the third wicket with Boeta Dippenaar.
The partnership was the first 400-plus stand for South Africa in Test cricket.
Rudolph, finally, got a chance for his excellent performances in his first-class career against minnows Bangladesh in 2003 at Chittagong and he made the most out of the opportunity he got.
He scored an unbeaten 222 and was involved in a 429-run stand for the third wicket with Boeta Dippenaar.
After a commendable test performance, Rudolph was awarded the ODI call-up as he made his debut against India in Dhaka in April 2003.
Rudolph has played a single T20 international against Australia in Brisbane in 2006.
Rise to Glory
Rudolph had scored an unbeaten 222 and was involved in a 429-run stand for the third wicket with Boeta Dippenaar.
From then on Rudolph became a regular in the Test side, and the highlight of his career has to be the unbeaten 102 against Australia at Perth, which helped South Africa save the match with a gritty knock and stay afloat in the series.
Rudolph struggled to carry his domestic form to the international stage and after eight innings in his career, he slid down the middle order.
He fared better there and scored the only century during his second stint in the South African side, which spanned 13 Tests.
He was part of the squad that won the Test series against a formidable English side in 2012, but due to a slew of poor performances, Rudolph was dropped during South Africa's next series in Australia.
In 2007, Rudolph decided to sign up for Yorkshire as a Kolpak player which did not allow him to represent his country.
He signed a contract for three years and further extended his stay in 2010. He was released mid-way through the 2011 season, which brought him back home to play for the Titans.
On 18 September 2013, Rudolph signed up as an overseas player with Glamorgan, where he replaced Australian Marcus North. Rudolph has also played in the Caribbean Premier League and represented the Jamaica Tallawahs.