Kyle Abbott is a South African cricketer, born on 18 June 1987 in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. Primarily a pace bowler, Abbott is a right-handed batsman.
In his early days, Kyle played domestic cricket for the KwaZulu Natal side. He also joined the Hollywoodbets Dolphins teams soon after that. He played first class and List A cricket with them.
He was spotted by the national selectors in these competitions and was picked to play for South Africa A against Bangladesh A. He was in the top players in the domestic pool of South Africa.
In the 2012-13 season, he became the leading wicket-taker of the season because of his pace and the ability to make the ball bounce more.
Abbott made his international debut in a Test match against Pakistan on 22 February 2013. He registered the ninth best figures for a Test debutant and the second best for a South African Test debutant. He blasted out the Pakistani batsmen as he took 7/29. He was in and out of the Test team. He took 39 wickets in 11 Test matches.
Abbot made his limited overs debut the following month. He managed only 1 wicket in his debut T20I. His ODI debut came a week after his T20I debut. His figures read 1/35 in his six overs.
Kyle has played for the KwaZulu-Natal, Dolphins and the Warriors in the South African first-class arena. While he played for the two former teams between 2009-2016, his stint with the Warriors was only for one season in 2016-17.
In the Indian Premier League, he played for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in 2012, Chennai Super Kings in 2015 and again for KXIP in 2016. Although he was a part of three IPL seasons, he managed to play only 5 matches and took just 2 wickets.
He has also played for the Khulna Pirates in Bangladesh Premier League in the last season.
Kyle has taken a total of 99 international wickets across all the formats. He has played 11 Tests, 28 ODIs and 21 T20Is.
Due to differences with the Cricket South Africa, Abbot has not been a part of the national side since January 2017. The board ended his contract since then.