Andile Phehlukwayo, South Africa all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Versatile and fearless, Phehlukwayo is a match-winner Proteas need

Nothing scares Andile Phehlukwayo. At least, not when he’s on a cricket ground. No matter who he’s bowling to or facing, Phehlukwayo is as calm as a glass of milk.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 18:02:26 IST

Nothing scares Andile Phehlukwayo. At least, not when he’s on a cricket ground. No matter who he’s bowling to or facing, Phehlukwayo is as calm as a glass of milk.

It’s a quality that can fool even more serious students of the game into believing that he doesn’t have much to offer as a player. But a less blinkered look at his nagging medium pace and unruffled big hitting marks him out as that rare being: a South African who refuses to panic.

File picture of Andile Phehlukwayo. Reuters

File picture of Andile Phehlukwayo. Reuters

In just his second ODI, against Australia in Centurion in September 2016, he counted the wickets of Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh in his haul of 4/44. A match later, his unbeaten 42 helped centurion David Miller guide South Africa to victory. The eight wickets Phehlukwayo took in those five games made him the highest wicket-taker on either side in that series.

Doubters waited for the bubble to burst but it hasn’t, and few now argue that Phehlukwayo isn’t South Africa’s first-choice white-ball all-rounder. Bowling remains his strong suit. He brings a cunning slower ball to the equation and is as unperturbed bowling at the death. On the contrary, like most purveyors of that dark art, he welcomes the challenge.

But it’s with the bat that Phehlukwayo is most surprising. Only twice in the six ODIs in which he has reached 20 chasing down a target have South Africa not reeled in that target. He has thus taken them home in four of those games, and he has done so against the quality attacks of Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

Phehlukwayo wins games better than not only many of his compatriots but better than many other so-called finishers anywhere. He isn’t the most emphatic cricketer in the game, but no-one is more composed.

Many might be surprised should he play a prominent role with both bat and ball in a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, but few of the raised eyebrows would belong to South Africans.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 18:04:13 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254