Heinrich Klaasen

Heinrich Klaasen (born 30 July 1991) is a South African cricketer who plays for the South African national cricket team.[1] He was included in the Northerns cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.[2] He was picked by Rajasthan Royals in 2018, and by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2019 to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Heinrich Klaasen
Personal information
Full nameHeinrich Klaasen
Born (1991-07-30) 30 July 1991 (age 29)
Pretoria, Transvaal Province, South Africa
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 339)19 October 2019 v India
ODI debut (cap 125)7 February 2018 v India
Last ODI7 March 2020 v Australia
T20I debut (cap 75)18 February 2018 v India
Last T20I29 November 2020 v England
Domestic team information
2018Rajasthan Royals
2018Durban Heat
2019Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 17 11 73 76
Runs scored 493 244 4,420 2,192
Batting average 41.08 27.11 44.20 37.79
100s/50s 1/3 0/2 10/20 2/16
Top score 123* 69 201 127
Balls bowled 18 88 162
Wickets 2 5
Bowling average 25.00 31.80
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/12 2/38
Catches/stumpings 17/3 8/0 241/18 88/12
Source: Cricinfo, 29 November 2020

Domestic and T20 careerEdit

In August 2017, he was named in Nelson Mandela Bay Stars' squad for the first season of the T20 Global League.[3] However, in October 2017, Cricket South Africa initially postponed the tournament until November 2018, with it being cancelled soon after.[4]

On 2 April 2018, Klaasen joined the Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals replacing Steve Smith.[5]

In June 2018, he was named in the squad for the Titans team for the 2018–19 season.[6] In October 2018, he was named in Durban Heat's squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.[7][8]

In December 2018, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League.[9][10] In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Toronto Nationals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[11] In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Glasgow Giants in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[12][13] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[14]

In September 2019, he was named in the squad for the Tshwane Spartans team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.[15] He was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 2020 IPL auction.[16]

Shukri Conrad, a coach at Cricket South Africa's National Academy, stated that Klaasen could become South Africa's equivalent of MS Dhoni.[17] In September 2015, he said, "Heinrich stays very calm in the situation. He stays in the moment. There’s very much a ‘poor man’s MS Dhoni’ about him. There are really no sideshows to his game and really takes the game to the opposition. He doesn’t wait for the game to come to him and that is what I like most about him. He is as tough as they come."[17]

International careerEdit

In February 2017, he was named in South Africa's Test squad for their series against New Zealand, but did not play.[18]

In February 2018, Klaasen was added to South Africa's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against India, replacing an injured Quinton de Kock.[19] He made his ODI debut against India on 7 February 2018.[20] He won his first international man of the match award in his second ODI, in the fourth ODI of the home series against India, with a match-winning 43 runs off 27 balls.[21]

In the same month, he was named in South Africa's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad, also for their series against India.[22] He made his T20I debut for South Africa against India on 18 February 2018.[23] On 21 February, Klaasen scored his maiden T20I fifty in the second T20I against India which South Africa won by 6 wickets, he was also awarded the man of the match for his 69 runs from 30 balls, which included 3 fours and 7 sixes.[24][25]

In February 2018, he was named in South Africa's Test squad for their series against Australia, but did not play.[26] In August 2019, he was added to South Africa's Test squad for their series against India, replacing the injured Rudi Second.[27][28] He made his Test debut for South Africa, against India, on 19 October 2019.[29] On 29 February 2020, Klaasen scored his first century in an ODI match, making an unbeaten 123 against Australia.[30]

In January 2021, Klaasen was named as the captain of South Africa's T20I squad for their series against Pakistan.[31]


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  2. ^ Northerns Squad / Players – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  3. ^ "T20 Global League announces final team squads". T20 Global League. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Cricket South Africa postpones Global T20 league". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Heinrich Klaasen joins Royals – Rajasthan Royals". www.rajasthanroyals.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Multiply Titans Announce Contracts 2018-19". Multiply Titans. Archived from the original on 16 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Mzansi Super League - full squad lists". Sport24. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
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  9. ^ "IPL 2019 auction: The list of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  10. ^ "IPL 2019 Auction: Who got whom". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
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  12. ^ "Eoin Morgan to represent Dublin franchise in inaugural Euro T20 Slam". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Euro T20 Slam Player Draft completed". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Inaugural Euro T20 Slam cancelled at two weeks' notice". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  15. ^ "MSL 2.0 announces its T20 squads". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Where do the eight franchises stand before the 2020 auction?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Klaasen could be SA's 'Dhoni' – Conrad". Sport. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Philander, Morkel return; wicketkeeper Klaasen called up". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Finger injury rules Du Plessis out of India ODI and T20 Series". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  20. ^ "3rd ODI (D/N), India tour of South Africa at Cape Town, Feb 7 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  21. ^ "South Africa beat India in rain-shortened game to keep series alive". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  22. ^ "South Africa call up Jonker, Dala and Klaasen for India T20Is". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  23. ^ "1st T20I, India tour of South Africa at Johannesburg, Feb 18 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Klaasen, Duminy clobber India as Proteas level series". Sport24. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Klaasen magic helps Proteas square T20 Series". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Klaasen, Mulder in Test squad to face Australia". ESPN Cricinfo. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Heinrich Klaasen replaces Rudi Second for South Africa's Tests against India". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  28. ^ "South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen hopeful of making first Test appearance in India series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  29. ^ "3rd Test, ICC World Test Championship at Ranchi, Oct 19-23 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  30. ^ "Klaasen's unbeaten ton steers Proteas to 291". SA Cricket Mag. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  31. ^ "Klaasen to captain Proteas T20 squad to Pakistan". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 19 January 2021.

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