Given his transformation into a top-class batting all-rounder, it is hard to believe that Klusener was once a fast bowler.india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:02 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 of 40 in South Africa's lower middle-order, Klusener's selection for 2003 World Cup was touch and go after struggling with his form.
But a 50 on his return against Sri Lanka in December, 2002was enough to earn the former Wisden Cricketer of the Year a reprieve.
With the ball, the 33-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 six five-wicket hauls during his One-Day International career with his best figures of six for 49 coming back in 1997 against Sri Lanka.
Despite the doubts Klusener is one of the most skilful players which also makes him one of the most adaptable.
First Published: Oct 23, 2006 18:02 IST