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Get to know about Kepler Wessels of South Africa

September 18, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Born on September 14, 1957, Kepler Christoffel Wessels played worldwide cricket for both South Africa and Australia. Wessels was the primary cricketer to play at One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for two nations. Given below are a few of the most intriguing things about the Proteas batsman.

Donning youth

Kepler Wessels was among those players who could dominate in different games also. At a young age of 12, he played rugby association for Free State grade schools. He was also among the prominent swimmers in his territory. Afterward, he likewise began playing the game of Tennis. It got hard for him to pick among cricket and Tennis.

Experience with death at a young age

Wessels was a skilled and multi-gifted sportsperson. He could have become a decent swimmer, yet because of a nearby encounter with death in 1966, Wessels' dad concluded that his child would no longer participate in swimming. Wessels was determined to have nephritis, and the odds of rebound to swimming were over when he recuperated.

From Sussex to Kerry Packer

After denoting his quality in First-Class cricket at 16 years old, Wessels was later observed playing in England following two years and used to open for Sussex. Like, a different cricketer, Wessels was also sharp in playing Test cricket. He got satisfied when he joined Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket (WSC) in the last part of the 70s.

Misjudging by media

Packer needed to test Wessels' abilities, and for that, when he showed up at Sydney at 21 years old, he was sent on a preliminary at the neighborhood Waverley Club. Wessels scored 123 against Penrith, and soon, the papers began guessing on him playing for New South Wales (NSW) side. The media was uninformed that Wessels was at that point marked by Packer. Further, he made one more century by scoring 137 against the Sydney Club, and selectors named him in the preparation crew. Packer was hanging tight for the equivalent since the youthful South African showed up in Australia. He declared that Wessels would play World Series competition rather than home ground matches.

Talent for becoming showbiz royalty on debut

Wessels had a propensity for scoring large sudden spikes in demand for his presentation since his school days. When he showed up by playing for Australia against England in November 1982, Wessels made an impressive 162. He was the last man to fall. Indeed, even in his ODI debut against West Indies in January 1983, he scored a significant 79.

Afterward, when he began playing for South Africa, Wessels didn't pass up a significant opportunity. He enrolled 50 years against India in November 1991, his first ODI for the African country. Wessels' craving for runs proceeded, and he reproduced the equivalent on his presentation Test for South Africa against West Indies. It was by scoring 59 and 74 in the two innings. After the finish of the disengagement period for South Africa, Clive Rice selected as skipper of the side; however, Wessels didn't get an opportunity to play.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth