1. Jacques Kallis, 2. Dudley Nourse, 3. Hashim Amla, 4. AB De Villiers, 5. Hugh Tayfield, 6. Allan Donald, 7. Shaun Pollock, 8. Dale Steyn, 9. Graeme Pollock, 10. Mark Boucher. We'll discuss the most successful South African cricketers in this post, with a new ranking of the top 10 most successful South African cricketers of all time. The players on this list are the most successful cricketers in the South African cricket team's history. We cannot deny that South African cricketers have served as role models for international players. Only due of its outstanding cricketers, the South African team is one of the most popular. As a result, these South African cricketers are not only the best in the country, but also among the most successful cricketers in the world.
- Jacques Kallis
- Dudley Nourse
- Hashim Amla
- AB De Villiers
- Hugh Tayfield
- Allan Donald
- Shaun Pollock
- Dale Steyn
- Graeme Pollock
- Mark Boucher
Jacques Henry Kallis (born 16 October 1975) is a former cricketer and South African cricket coach. He is a right-handed batter and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler who is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and South Africa’s greatest batsman ever. He is the only cricketer in history to score over 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket, as of 2021; he also has 131 ODI catches.
Jacques Kallis has completed 13,289 test runs, averaging 55.37, and 11,589 ODI runs, averaging 44.36. He also has 292 test wickets in 272 innings and 273 ODI wickets in 283 innings to his credit. When you look at these numbers, it’s clear that he is one of the most successful South African cricketers in history. He is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the history of cricket. His high-level batting prowess made him a dominant and accomplished cricketer of his era. He was, however, a highly underappreciated and underutilized bowler who had the ability to stun any batsman to the core. He was so good at fielding that he wouldn’t let any catch slip through his big hands.
Full name: Jacques Henry Kallis
Born: 16 October 1975, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Arthur Dudley Nourse, a South African Test cricketer, was born on November 12, 1910, and died on August 14, 1981. He was captain of the South African side from 1948 to 1951, and was mostly a batter.
He was named after Governor-General of Australia in 1910, William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley. Nourse was born just a few days after his father got a double century while on tour with the South African squad in South Australia. Lord Dudley voiced his desire to have the infant named after him when he heard about the innings and the baby.
Nourse gives a blockbuster performance to the South African team against England at the age of 40. He lay the foundation for the South African cricket team to win the first test in 16 years by making a double century against England. Overall, there were 2960 runs in 34 test appearances with the Nourse scope. His batting average is around 53.81, which demonstrates his incredible batting ability. From 1948 to 1951, he was also the captain of the South African cricket team.
Full name: Arthur Dudley Nourse
Born: 12 November 1910, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Died: 14 August 1981 (aged 70), Durban, Natal, South Africa
Hashim Mahomed Amla (born March 31, 1983) is a former South African cricketer who represented his country in all three versions of the game. Amla holds the record for scoring 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 ODI runs in the fastest time ever. He also became the first batsman to reach ten ODI century in the fastest time possible. Amla, who was South Africa’s Test captain from June 2014 until January 2016, is an occasional off-break bowler.
He has currently scored 8,786 test runs with an average of 49.08 in 113 matches and 7,535 ODI runs with an average of 50.23 in 164 appearances. All of these statistics demonstrate that Hashim Amla, a superb cricketer from South Africa, has been gifted to the globe.
Born: 31 March 1983, Durban, South Africa
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AB De Villiers
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers (born February 17, 1984) is a former professional cricketer from South Africa. During his 15-year international career, De Villiers was crowned ICC ODI Player of the Year three times and was selected one of the five Wisden cricketers of the decade at the end of 2019.
AB de Villiers started his international career as a wicket keeper-batsman, but he has mostly featured as a batsman in recent years. He batted at a variety of positions across the batting order, but mostly in the middle. De Villiers is noted for a variety of unorthodox shots, notably behind the wicket-keeper, and is regarded as one of the most inventive and destructive batsman of the current era, as well as one of the greatest of all time. In 2004, he made his international debut in a Test match against England, and in early 2005, he played his first One Day International (ODI). In 2006, he made his Twenty20 International debut. In both Test and ODI cricket, he scored over 8,000 runs and is one of the few batsman to have a batting average of over fifty in both formats. He is an offensive player in limited overs cricket. In just 31 balls, he set the record for the fastest ODI century.
Full name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
Born: 17 February 1984, Warmbad, Transvaal Province, South Africa.
Hugh Joseph Tayfield (30 January 1929 – 24 February 1994) was a South African cricketer who represented his country at the international level. Between 1949 and 1960, he was one of the top off spinners in the game, appearing in 37 Test matches for South Africa. Until Dale Steyn broke the record in March 2008, he was the fastest South African to achieve 100 Test wickets (in terms of matches played). In 1956, he was selected one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. Due to his propensity of stubbing his toes into the ground before each delivery, he was dubbed ‘Toey.’ At the outset of each over, he would kiss the insignia on his cap before presenting it to the umpire.
A country has cricketers like Hugh Tayfield is deserving of success from all quarters. The talented cricketer is noted for his precision and control. He is the only bowler to have taken 100 test wickets. The off spinner cricketer is recognized for delivering exceptional performances in every cricket match, with an incredible economy rate of 1.94 and an average of 25.91. With his consecutive bowling tactics, he has broken multiple world records.
Full name: Hugh Joseph Tayfield
Born: 30 January 1929, Durban, Natal Province, Union of South Africa
Died: 24 February 1994 (aged 65), Hillcrest, Natal Province, South Africa
Donald was a top-ranked fast bowler in Test cricket, reaching the top of the ICC Test rankings in 1998 and peaking at 895 points the following year. He scored 794 points in One Day Internationals (ODIs) in 1998, second only to colleague Shaun Pollock. From the 1996/1997 tour of India until his retirement in 2002, he shared the new ball with Pollock. Donald has coached a variety of teams, including international teams, after his retirement. He was the Assistant Coach for Kent County Cricket Club in England from 2018 to 2019.
In 2019, Donald was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
Full name: Allan Anthony Donald
Born: 20 October 1966, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
Shaun Maclean Pollock OIS (born 16 July 1973) is a former South African cricket captain and cricket commentator. He is largely recognized as one of the all-time great fast bowlers and allrounders. Pollock, a true bowling all-rounder, forged a bowling tandem with Allan Donald for many years. He captained the South African cricket team from 2000 to 2003, as well as playing for the Africa XI, World XI, Dolphins, and Warwickshire. In 2003, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
After his 303rd One Day International on 3 February, he announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on 11 January 2008. Pollock now works as a cricket analyst for SuperSport in South Africa.
He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in November 2021.
Full name: Shaun Maclean Pollock
Born: 16 July 1973, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa
Dale Willem Steyn (born 27 June 1983) is a former professional cricketer from South Africa who played for the national team. He is widely considered as one of the all-time great fast bowlers and the best Test bowler of his generation. Steyn took 78 wickets at an average of 16.24 during the 2007–08 season, earning him the ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award. In the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack of 2014, he was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013 and the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2013. At the conclusion of the decade, he was listed in Wisden Cricketers of the Decade. He also was included in the ICC Test Team of the Decade at the end of 2020.
He is regarded as one of the best South African cricketers of all time, as well as one of the world’s fastest bowlers. He could pick the balls in any way he wanted, and his ability to repeat the torture again and over on every surface set him apart from the rest of the world’s cricketers. With 417 wickets in 85 tests, he has an average of 22.30, making him South Africa’s second most gifted cricketer. The strike rate of a batsman with over 100 test wickets is 41.4, indicating his success using true pace bowling approaches.
Born: 27 June 1983, Phalaborwa, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Robert Graeme Pollock (born February 27, 1944) played cricket for the Transvaal and Eastern Provinces of South Africa. Pollock, a member of a well-known cricketing family, is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s greatest ever cricketers and one of the best Test batsman ever. Despite the fact that Pollock’s international career was cut short at the age of 26 due to the sporting boycott of South Africa, and despite the fact that all but one of his 23 Test matches were against England and Australia, the two most powerful cricketing nations at the time, he set a number of records. After Sir Donald Bradman’s (99.94), Steve Smith’s, and Adam Voges’ averages, his career Test match batting average of 60.97 ranks fourth.
Pollock has received various honours and distinctions, including being named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Century in 1999, one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1966, and being named the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 1967 and 1969 retroactively in 2007. In South Africa, he was named player of the year in 1961 and 1984, with special mentions in the 1977 and 1987 S.A. Cricket annuals. Pollock, along with Sir Garfield Sobers, was hailed by Bradman as the best left-handed batsman he had ever seen play cricket.
Pollock was elected into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame in 2009.
Full name: Robert Graeme Pollock
Born: 27 February 1944, Durban, Natal Province, Union of South Africa
Mark Verdon Boucher (born 3 December 1976) is a South African cricket coach and former player who has represented his country in all three formats. Boucher is recognized as one of the greatest wicket-keeper batters of all time, and he holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper, with 532 catches and 555 dismissals overall.
In the Indian Premier League, he has played for Border, Warriors, South Africa, Africa XI, ICC World XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders. He is presently the Titans’ head coach.
Since the 1997/1998 trip to Australia, he has been a regular member of the South African team until his retirement from international cricket in July 2012, following a catastrophic eye injury against Somerset.
Paul Adams stated in oath that Mark Boucher and other teammates racially assaulted him by calling him a “brown shit” in a team song during the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) transformation public hearings in 2021.
Full name: Mark Verdon Boucher
Born: 3 December 1976, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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