Peter Kirsten

Country: South Africa
Born: May 14, 1955, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Peter Kirsten Bio

Peter Noel Kirsten was a South African cricketer known for his unwavering determination and remarkable fielding skills. Born on 23 June 1959 in Cape Town, Kirsten had to wait until he was 37 years old to make his Test debut due to South Africa’s absence from international cricket in the 1970s and ’80s. Nevertheless, his skills as a wristy and resolute batsman had already established him as a prolific runscorer for Western Province and Derbyshire.

In the 1976-77 season, Kirsten exhibited his exceptional talent by smashing five centuries in consecutive innings and an additional one in seven matches. His outstanding performances were a testament to his commitment to the sport and marked his name among the most promising cricketers of his time. However, as he finally donned the South African Test cap, age had started to catch up to him, and his abilities were gradually fading.

Kirsten’s pinnacle moment arrived during the test series against Australia in 1993-94. South Africa desperately needed to secure a draw to win the series, and without the burden of expectation, Kirsten showcased his true potential. In the nail-biting match at Adelaide, he displayed his resilient nature, scoring a painstaking 79 runs off a grueling 310 minutes at the crease. Although his remarkable determination was evident, South Africa fell agonizingly short of a victory, and Kirsten’s valiant efforts went in vain. Furthermore, in the next match, he displayed his mettle once again with an admirable 42 runs in 259 minutes, yet could not prevent the series from slipping from South Africa’s grasp.

Notably, Kirsten’s finest hour in Test cricket came at Headingley in 1994, in what turned out to be his penultimate Test match. Against a formidable English bowling attack, he showcased his class by scoring his only Test century. The innings, characterized by his elegant strokeplay and unyielding temperament, solidified Kirsten’s position as a player capable of thriving on the biggest stage.

The Kirsten name is synonymous with South African cricket, as Peter’s half-brother, Gary Kirsten, became one of South Africa’s most iconic cricketers. Gary went on to become the most capped player and the top Test runscorer for South Africa, leaving an indelible legacy in the sport. Peter’s remarkable contributions, along with his brother’s success, further elevated the Kirsten name in the annals of South African cricket.

Overall, Peter Noel Kirsten’s cricketing career may have come late in life, but his unwavering spirit and exceptional abilities left an indelible mark in the sport. As a batsman, his contribution to South African cricket will forever be cherished, and his exemplary fielding skills established him as a cricketing icon. While his opportunities to represent his country were limited, the impact he made during his brief Test career will always be remembered by cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

Peter Kirsten Career Stats

Peter Kirsten Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 12 22 2 626 104 31.3 2084 30.03 1 4 67 0 8 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 40 40 6 1293 97 38.02 2308 56.02 0 9 90 8 11 0
FC 327 568 59 22635 271 44.46 - - 57 107 - - 190 0
List A 358 352 32 11403 134* 35.63 - - 10 83 - - 120 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Peter Kirsten Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 12 3 54 30 0 - - - 3.33 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 40 8 183 152 6 3/31 3/31 25.33 4.98 30.5 0 0 0
FC 327 - 10287 4682 117 6/48 - 40.01 2.73 87.9 - 2 0
List A 358 - 4620 3244 95 6/17 6/17 34.14 4.21 48.6 1 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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