Few people can say they have been shot at point blank range and lived to tell the tale.Updated: Jan 30, 2003 00:08 IST
Few people can say they have been shot at point blank range and lived to tell the tale, let alone gone on the become an international cricketer.
But right-handed all-rounder Hall can boast just such a story after he was shot at a cash machine in 1998.
Fortunately, the bullet lodged in his hand and he recovered sufficiently to win a place in South Africa's one-day side against the West Indies the following year.
He later played a match as Gary Kirsten's opening partner against Australia, scoring a composed 46.
While his one-day average remains in the low 20s, Hall has proved more than his worth in the past.
In a match against Australia in 2000-01, he scored vital runs, kept wicket for 47 overs because of injury to Mark Boucher and then bowled two of the final three overs to guide South Africa to victory.
First Published: Jan 24, 2003 22:10 IST