Lance Klusener

Country: South Africa
Born: September 04, 1971, Durban, Natal
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Lance Klusener Bio

Lance Klusener, born on 4 September 1971 in Durban, South Africa, is widely regarded as one of the most feared all-rounders in cricket history. A man known for his explosive batting and unrelenting bowling, Klusener left an indelible mark on the game during the turn of the 21st century.

Klusener’s cricketing journey began as a fast bowler under the tutelage of legendary Malcolm Marshall at Natal. His straightforward approach to bowling, aiming for the batter’s head if unable to hit the stumps, showcased his fierce determination and aggression. However, a severe ankle injury in 1998 forced Klusener to reduce his pace and develop additional skills, thus elevating his cricketing prowess.

The year 1996 marked Klusener’s international debut in Test cricket, where he made an immediate impact. In a match against India in Calcutta, he clinched match-winning figures of 8 for 64 – a performance that solidified his place in the South African squad. In the years leading up to the 1999 World Cup, Klusener consistently displayed his brilliance. In the 1997 Wills Quadrangular Tournament in Pakistan, he smashed a blistering half-century and took 6 for 49 against Sri Lanka. He further showcased his abilities by scoring 99 runs and claiming a crucial wicket in the final against the same opponent.

It was during the 1999 World Cup that Klusener’s iconic status was solidified. His baseball-style backlift and thunderous hitting set him apart from his peers, establishing him as a nightmare for bowlers. Klusener’s outstanding performances throughout the tournament earned him the prestigious title of Player of the Series, where he accumulated 281 runs and took 17 wickets. His heroics almost propelled South Africa to the final but for the infamous tied semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston, which ended with the unforgettable image of Klusener and Allan Donald’s miscommunication.

Following the World Cup, Klusener set another record in Test cricket by scoring his best-ever innings of 174 against England in Port Elizabeth. However, despite his remarkable performances, Klusener’s form started to wane, and he lost his place in the side. A failed comeback during the home 2003 World Cup only added to his struggles, as he misread the Duckworth-Lewis table in a rain-affected must-win game, resulting in South Africa’s elimination.

The year 2003 saw Klusener’s international career hanging by a thread. Legal disputes ensued due to his omission from the tour of England, but a reconciliation eventually reignited his cricketing journey. Klusener was recalled for the one-day series against West Indies in 2003-04, followed by the subsequent series in New Zealand. He earned a Test recall for the tour of Sri Lanka in 2004, but his comeback was short-lived.

After bidding farewell to international cricket, Klusener took up coaching roles in various teams and leagues around the world. He served as a coach for Dolphins in South Africa, Zimbabwe, the BPL, Afghanistan, the IPL, and several others. Klusener’s invaluable experience and knowledge have allowed him to mentor and inspire budding cricketers globally.

Lance Klusener’s exceptional cricketing career and his contributions to the sport will forever be etched in the annals of history. His explosive batting, lethal bowling, and his undeniable passion for the game make him an icon in South African cricket.

Lance Klusener Career Stats

Lance Klusener Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 49 69 11 1906 174 32.86 3187 59.8 4 8 236 20 34 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 171 137 50 3576 103* 41.1 3977 89.91 2 19 293 76 35 0
FC 197 283 60 9521 202* 42.69 - - 21 48 - - 99 0
List A 324 268 102 6648 142* 40.04 - - 3 34 - - 82 0
T20s 53 46 17 1014 111* 34.96 745 136.1 1 4 77 42 18 0

Lance Klusener Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 49 84 6887 3033 80 8/64 8/139 37.91 2.64 86 2 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 171 164 7336 5751 192 6/49 6/49 29.95 4.7 38.2 1 6 0
FC 197 - 31735 15447 508 8/34 - 30.4 2.92 62.4 - 20 4
List A 324 - 13459 10522 334 6/49 6/49 31.5 4.69 40.2 4 8 0
T20s 53 40 780 1123 29 2/8 2/8 38.72 8.63 26.8 0 0 0

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