Given his transformation into a top-class batting all-rounder, it is hard to believe that Klusener was once a fast bowler.india Updated: Jan 30, 2003 00:08 IST
Given his transformation into a top-class batting all-rounder, it is hard to believe that Klusener was once a fast bowler who could be relied on for a few runs in the lower order.
"Zulu" made his international debut in 1996 but rose to prominence when his powerful hitting and run-scoring saw him crowned Player of the Tournament at the 1999 World Cup.
Despite an average in excess of 40 in South Africa's lower middle-order, Klusener's selection for this year's World Cup was touch and go after struggling recently with form.
But a 50 on his return against Sri Lanka in December was enough to earn the former Wisden Cricketer of the Year a reprieve.
With the ball, the 31-year-old has lost some pace since undergoing knee surgery at the beginning of 2001, but remains an asset in the seam attack, increasingly relying on the off-cutter to take wickets.
He has taken five five-wicket hauls during his one-day international career with his best figures of six for 49 coming back in 1997 against Sri Lanka.
First Published: Jan 24, 2003 22:09 IST