November 29, 2010

Wessels follows in dad's footsteps ... almost

He may not bat like his father but he has the same nomadic itch

He may not bat like his father but he has the same nomadic itch. Australian-born Riki Wessels is one of few overseas players who dabbles in all forms of the game in Zimbabwe, not just Twenty20. Last weekend he made history by scoring a century in both innings of a first-class game for the Mid West Rhinos against the Matabeleland Tuskers.

Kepler and Ricky are the seventh father-son pair in the world to both score a hundred in each innings of a first-class game, and the second South African dad and son to do so, after Jimmy and Stephen Cook. Riki clearly has the same hunger for runs as his dad, but he certainly didn’t learn his batting style from the old man. While Wessels Snr. was usually cramped and trusted his eye rather than his footwork, his son is light on his feet and an adventurous boundary hitter. He also has a substantially healthier strike rate than dad. Kepler’s Test strike rate was 46.48 and Riki’s first-class equivalent is 63.48.

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