Full name Hardus Viljoen
Born March 6, 1989, Witbank
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
A skiddy hit-the-deck pacer, Hardus Viljoen may be a one-Test wonder and one among those talents from South Africa lost to the ‘Kolpak’ism. Born in Witbank, his inauguration to provincial cricket was at the Easterns and therefore the first inkling of his potential came within the 2010-11 season where he ended up because the second highest-wicket taker. The Lions franchise set their eyes on the youngster and wooed him to represent them within the next season, Hardus shifted his base to the Wanderers.
Despite consistent performances within the domestic circuit, he was ignored by the national selectors and Hardus contemplated moving to New Zealand to pursue his career. 2014/15 was the breakthrough season – topping the bowling charts with 47 scalps at a mean of 23.02 which was enough for him to earn a call-up to the national side.
In 2016, Hardus made his Test debut against England within the third Test. He couldn’t have asked for a far better start to his career. Hardus hit a boundary off the primary ball he faced and to top it up, he picked up a wicket off his first ball in International cricket – Alastair Cook was his first victim. Unfortunately, he couldn’t kick-on and finished with 1/ 94. South Africa went onto lose the Test and series, which saw Hardus losing his spot from the team.
He carried on plying his trade for the South African A teams and continued to stamp his authority. With limited opportunities, he fell bait for the Kolpak and signed a 3-year affect Derbyshire in December 2016 and parted ways with Cricket South Africa .
Hardus was roped in by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs. 75 lakhs. With an economy rate above 9.5, he didn’t have a memorable IPL in 2019. However, the Punjab franchise decided to retain Viljoen for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.
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