Rilee Rossouw

Rilee Roscoe Rossouw (born 9 October 1989) is a former South African cricketer who played internationally for South Africa until 2016. In South Africa he played domestic cricket for the Knights and Free State before signing a deal with Hampshire County Cricket Club in England in January 2017. He is a left-hand batsman and a right arm off-spin bowler.

Rilee Rossouw
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Personal information
Full nameRilee Roscoe Rossouw
Born (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 31)
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 112)21 August 2014 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI12 October 2016 v Australia
ODI shirt no.27
T20I debut (cap 63)5 November 2014 v Australia
Last T20I25 March 2016 v West Indies
T20I shirt no.27
Domestic team information
2007–2013Free State
2012Basnahira Cricket Dundee
2014–2015Royal Challengers Bangalore
2017–2019Quetta Gladiators (squad no. 04)
2017–presentHampshire (squad no. 30)
2017Khulna Titans
2018Rangpur Riders (squad no. 27)
2020–presentMultan Sultans (squad no. 2)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 36 15 108 152
Runs scored 1,239 327 7,363 5,646
Batting average 38.71 29.72 40.90 40.04
100s/50s 3/7 0/2 19/33 12/34
Top score 132 78 319 156
Balls bowled 45 78 45
Wickets 1 3 1
Bowling average 44.00 23.33 44.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/17 1/1 1/17
Catches/stumpings 22/– 9/– 119/– 76/–
Source: CricInfo, 30 September 2019

Domestic and T20 franchise cricketEdit

Rossouw made his first-class debut in November 2007 for Free State against Easterns, batting at number three he topscored in the match with 83, an innings that included 13 fours.[1] At the end of his maiden season he made the step-up to franchise cricket playing three Twenty20 matches for the Eagles.[2]

Rossouw was a regular in the Eagles team during the 2008/09 season, in the SuperSport Series he was the team's leading scorer with 765 runs including three centuries.[3] His maiden first-class century came against the Titans in November 2008, he made 106 including 20 boundaries.[4] In the return fixture in March 2009 he scored 109 in a team total of 178, no other batsman passed 16.[5] Again the innings was in vain as the Eagles lost to the league champions. In the one-day format he also scored a maiden century, he struck 131 off 108 balls against the Warriors.[6]

Rossouw scored 1,261 runs at 57.61 in the 2009/10 season, this included a score of 319 off 291 balls against the Titans. The innings was the fastest triple century in South African domestic cricket and included 47 fours and 8 sixes. Alongside Dean Elgar he shared a second wicket partnership of 480 in 84 overs, the largest South African partnership for any wicket.[7]

Rossouw played in the IPL 2011 for Royal Challengers Bangalore and replaced Nic Maddinson in IPL 2014 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was included in the Free State cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.[8]

Rossouw played in the 2017 Season of the Pakistan Super League for the Quetta Gladiators as a replacement player. Where it was reported that he earned around $370,000. He played for Khulna Titans in BPL 2017.

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Rangpur Riders team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[9] He was the leading run-scorer for the team in the tournament, with 558 runs in 14 matches.[10] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Khulna Tigers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[11] In July 2020, he was named in the St Lucia Zouks squad for the 2020 Caribbean Premier League.[12][13] However, Rossouw was one of five South African cricketers to miss the tournament, after failing to confirm travel arrangements in due time.[14] In November 2020, he was named in the squad for the Melbourne Renegades in the 2019–20 Big Bash League season.[15]

International cricketEdit

While attending Grey College in Bloemfontein Rossouw was selected to represent a South African schools team.[16] He made his debut for South Africa under-19s in the second 'Test' against Bangladesh in December 2007.[17] He also played against India prior to the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup.[2] At the World Cup he played all six matches scoring 136 runs at an average of 34.00 as South Africa reached the final.[18]

Rossouw was selected in the South Africa A squad for the tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2010, on the latter he scored 131 from 151 balls against Sri Lanka A, sharing century stands with Dean Elgar and Jonathan Vandiar.[19]

He made his One Day International debut against Zimbabwe in August 2014.

He made his Twenty20 International debut for South Africa against Australia on 5 November 2014.[20] He was the man of the match for his score of 78 off 50 balls.

On 5 January 2017, Rossouw signed a Kolpak deal with Hampshire County Cricket Club which made him ineligible to represent South Africa anymore, ending his international career.[21] His last act as an international cricketer was to score a 122 at New Zealand where South Africa beat Australia in 5-0 whitewash and win The Player of the Series award.


  1. ^ Free State v Easterns, South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge 2007/08 (Pool B), CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  2. ^ a b Player Oracle: RR Rossouw, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  3. ^ SuperSport Series 2008/09 – Batting and Fielding for Eagles, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  4. ^ Titans v Eagles, SuperSport Series 2008/09, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  5. ^ Eagles v Titans, SuperSport Series 2008/09, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  6. ^ Warriors v Eagles, MTN Domestic Championship 2008/09, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  7. ^ Rilee Rossouw enters record books with triple ton, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 25 March 2010
  8. ^ Free State Squad / Players – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League, 2018/19 - Rangpur Riders: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  11. ^ "BPL draft: Tamim Iqbal to team up with coach Mohammad Salahuddin for Dhaka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Nabi, Lamichhane, Dunk earn big in CPL 2020 draft". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Teams Selected for Hero CPL 2020". Cricket West Indies. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Five South Africans to miss CPL after failing to confirm travel arrangements". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Rilee Rossouw completes Melbourne Renegades' BBL squad". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  16. ^ SA schools cricket team announced,, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  17. ^ South Africa Under-19s v Bangladesh Under-19s, Bangladesh Under-19s in South Africa 2007/08 (2nd Test), CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  18. ^ ICC Under-19 World Cup 2007/08 – Batting and Fielding for South Africa Under-19s, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
  19. ^ Rossouw century puts South Africa in command, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 9 October 2010
  20. ^ "South Africa tour of Australia (November 2014), 1st T20I: Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Nov 5, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  21. ^ "Rossouw gives up SA career for Kolpak deal with Hampshire". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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