Rassie van der Dussen, South Africa batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Hard-hitting van der Dussen can make a difference if given a chance

van der Dussen is more than a white-ball basher, having scored 15 centuries and 39 half-centuries in his 184 first-class innings.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 19:34:57 IST

Anyone who hits the ball harder than Rassie van der Dussen might invite the unwanted attentions of the police. And, when he hits it, it stays hit — for 56 on his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in East London in October 2018, 93 in his first ODI against Pakistan at St George’s Park in January, and for four other half-centuries in his remaining 13 white-ball innings.

File image of Rassie van der Dussen. Image credit: Twitter/@Rassie72

File image of Rassie van der Dussen. Image credit: Twitter/@Rassie72

In that time, van der Dussen has opened and batted at Nos 3, 4 and 5, hit more than 40 percent of his runs in fours and sixes, and succeeded in a wide range of conditions. He is a splendid splinter of a batsman, innovative of stroke, fleet of foot, always looking for a chance to score, and, like it says above, not afraid to hit the ball hard. There are few experiences anywhere in cricket quite as bracing as the sight and sound of him launching lustily into a pull.

van der Dussen is more than a white-ball basher, having scored 15 centuries and 39 half-centuries in his 184 first-class innings.
None of which made him a lighthouse on the horizon for South Africa’s selectors. Instead, he had plied his trade in England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, and West Indies before he first pulled on a green and gold shirt.

Eight innings into his ODI career he averages 88.25, not least because he was not out in half of those trips to the crease — twice for 50 or more — and his T20I strike rate of 133.15 makes him a serious threat in the shortest format.

Officially van der Dussen is going to the 2019 World Cup as South Africa’s spare batsman. Unofficially the incumbents should be quaking in their pads that he isn’t given too many opportunities. Because, from what he has shown already, he will take them.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 19:34:57 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 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 4647 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