Jacques Rudolph

Country: South Africa
Born: May 04, 1981, Springs, Transvaal
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Top order Batter

Jacques Rudolph Bio

Jacobus Andries Rudolph, known widely as Jacques Rudolph, is a highly talented South African cricketer known for his impressive left-handed batting skills and remarkable footwork. Throughout his career, Rudolph faced numerous obstacles, including political interferences, yet managed to establish himself as a prominent figure in international cricket.

Rudolph began his international career in grand fashion when he scored an unbeaten 222 on his Test debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2003. Prior to this milestone, Rudolph had played an unofficial match against India in Centurion in 2001, following the controversial Mike Denness affair. However, his selection for the New Year’s Test against Australia in January 2002 was overturned by United Cricket Board president Percy Sonn, who insisted that Justin Ontong, a player of color, make his debut instead. Despite these setbacks, Rudolph seized the opportunity on his Test debut and delivered a statement of strength.

During the match in Chittagong, Rudolph’s magnificent double-century played an essential role in a record-breaking unbeaten partnership of 429 runs for the third wicket with Boeta Dippenaar. This partnership not only enabled South Africa to achieve a historic 400-plus run stand but also showcased Rudolph’s exceptional skills as an emerging left-handed batsman.

In addition to his impressive debut, Rudolph achieved four more centuries throughout his career. One of his notable innings was an unbeaten 102, which saved South Africa from defeat in a thrilling match against Australia in Perth at the end of 2005. However, Rudolph struggled to maintain consistency, managing only one fifty in his next 14 innings and was eventually dropped from the team after the tour to Sri Lanka in 2006.

In January 2007, Rudolph made a bold decision to move to Yorkshire while signing a three-year Kolpak deal, suspending his international career with South Africa. His aim was to refine and redevelop his game in the hopes of making a triumphant return to international cricket. His commitment and hard work paid off as he scored an impressive 1078 runs at an average of 56.73 in his first County Championship season. This outstanding performance led to an extension of his contract until the end of 2011. Rudolph continued to perform consistently, surpassing 1000 first-class runs in each of the next three seasons, reigniting his passion for the highest level of cricket.

With renewed confidence and form, Rudolph decided to return to South Africa and represent his old franchise, Titans. In the 2010-2011 season, he proved his worth by emerging as the leading run-scorer in the SuperSport series, accumulating an impressive 954 runs in just 17 innings. As a result, he was called up to the national squad to face Australia later in 2011, partnering with Graeme Smith at the top of the order.

Although Rudolph struggled to replicate his domestic success in international matches, he adjusted his position to the middle order and demonstrated better performance. During his second stint in the national team, which spanned 13 Tests, Rudolph scored the only century of his career. Notably, he was part of the squad that won the Test mace against England in mid-2012. However, he was dropped during South Africa’s subsequent series in Australia later that year.

Rudolph continued to play for Titans until the 2014-2015 season, after which he shifted his focus to county cricket and T20 leagues. In 2013, he signed a two-year contract with Glamorgan and enjoyed a successful stint with the team. His outstanding performances in the 2014 Championship, where he scored 857 runs, led to a two-year extension at the end of that year. Rudolph was appointed as the captain of Glamorgan for the 2015 season, showcasing his leadership abilities. However, he decided to retire during his final season in 2017.

Despite facing challenges throughout his career, Jacques Rudolph’s contribution to South African cricket will always be remembered. His composed batting style, exceptional footwork, and ability to overcome obstacles have left an enduring legacy. Rudolph’s determination, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the sport exemplify the spirit of a true cricketer.

Jacques Rudolph Career Stats

Jacques Rudolph Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 48 83 9 2622 222* 35.43 5984 43.81 6 11 362 7 29 0
T20Is 1 1 1 6 6* - 7 85.71 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 45 39 6 1174 81 35.57 1725 68.05 0 7 109 5 11 0
FC 294 508 31 19825 228* 41.56 - - 51 93 - - 244 0
List A 262 247 34 10285 169* 48.28 - - 18 70 - - 91 0
T20s 159 144 26 4016 101* 34.03 3423 117.32 1 27 417 58 51 0

Jacques Rudolph Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 48 19 664 432 4 1/1 1/1 108 3.9 166 0 0 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 45 1 24 26 0 - - - 6.5 - 0 0 0
FC 294 - 4789 2696 61 5/80 - 44.19 3.37 78.5 - 3 0
List A 262 - 494 474 13 4/41 4/41 36.46 5.75 38 1 0 0
T20s 159 27 307 406 13 3/16 3/16 31.23 7.93 23.6 0 0 0

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