Robin Peterson Biography
Robin Peterson is one of those few cricketers playing at the international level who have been around for quite a while at the international scene.
Peterson is a quality all-rounder who has not really been given the treatment which he deserves as a cricketer.
Peterson is a left-arm spinner who is also known for his explosive ability with the bat. Peterson was born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province at the eastern tip of South Africa.
Peterson has scored 2,885 runs at an average of 25.53, while at the same time Peterson has taken 224 wickets at an impressive average of 29.84.
Peterson is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and is a left-handed batsman. Peterson was an integral member and an indispensable part of the 2007 and 2011 South African teams at the World Cup.
Peterson made it to the South African squad at a young age of 22 in September 2002 against a strong Indian lineup.
Since then, he has been only been involved in a handful of matches.
He was also a part of the South African Under-19 team that took on Pakistan and England, and he was also the part of the Under-19 World Cup team in 1998.
Peterson made his Test debut in 2003 against minnows Bangladesh,where he caught the eye of many by taking five wickets and scoring a defying knock of 61.
Peterson made his white-ball debut against India in 2002 in Colombo.
Peterson made his T20I debut against Australia at Johannesburg in 2006.
Rise to Glory
He was selected in the teams for the 2007 and 2011 World cup and surprised one and all by running through the English top order with the new ball on a dust-bowl in Chennai.
He was instrumental in South Africa chasing down India's total in the match at Nagpur.
After Tahir had a poor series against England in 2012 and a forgettable first Test series against Australia, Peterson was called into the side to fill in the void.
He did well in that series and in the home series against Pakistan where he dished out a Man of the Match performance in the second Test at Cape Town, in which he picked up five crucial wickets in the match and also made an important contribution of 84 with the bat in the first innings.
Peterson failed to improve his game and take his game to a top-notch level. He performed well in the shorter forms and also in the first Test against Pakistan in the UAE.
Peterson once again lost his place to Tahir, who came into the second Test and picked up a 5-wicket haul. Since then he has been on the sidelines in all forms of the game.
The emergence of Imran Tahir has meant made it tough for Peterson to make his way back into the South African squad.
Peterson signed up with Derbyshire as a Kolpak player in 2009. Peterson was also a part of the Mumbai Indians squad during the 2010 IPL.
Peterson has also played for the Cape Cobras and Warriors in South Africa. He was also the part of the Surrey side in England in 2014 as a T20 specialist.