Full name Monde Zondeki
Born July 25, 1982, King William's Town, Cape Province
Current age 34 years 242 days
Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Border, Cape Cobras, Warriors, Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Leeds, Aug 21-25, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Bangladesh at Centurion, Nov 26-28, 2008 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Bloemfontein, Dec 6, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Kenya at Kimberley, Nov 2, 2008 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Jan 9, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Western Province v KwaZulu-Natal Inland at Cape Town, Oct 11-13, 2012 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001/02|
|Last List A||South Western Districts v Western Province at Oudtshoorn, Feb 13, 2011 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eastern Cape v Western Province Boland at Port Elizabeth, Apr 13, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Eastern Province v KwaZulu-Natal at Port Elizabeth, Jan 8, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/31, 0/20||W Province||v KZN-Inland||Cape Town||11 Oct 2012||FC|
|3/32, 2, 2/34||W Province||v Border||Cape Town||4 Oct 2012||FC|
|2/22||E. Province||v KZ-Natal||Port Elizabeth||8 Jan 2012||T20|
|0, 3/61||E. Province||v KZ-Natal||Port Elizabeth||5 Jan 2012||FC|
|1/21||E. Province||v KZN-Inland||Pietermaritzburg||20 Nov 2011||T20|
|3/32||E. Province||v KZN-Inland||Pietermaritzburg||17 Nov 2011||FC|
|2/27||E. Province||v Border||East London||10 Nov 2011||FC|
|5, 1/22||W Province||v S West D||Oudtshoorn||13 Feb 2011||LA|
|1/24||W Province||v North West||Cape Town||30 Jan 2011||LA|
|2/53, 1, 1/50||W Province||v Gauteng||Johannesburg||6 Jan 2011||FC|
Young, raw and quick, Zondeki is cut straight from the modern history of the new South Africa and spent a year of his early childhood in Zambia living with his exiled uncle, the late ANC cabinet minister Steve Tshwete.He returned to South Africa where he attended Dale College, a predominantly white boarding school near his home in the Eastern Cape, but which also claims Makhaya Ntini as an old boy. Although he initially bowled legspin, he was soon bowling fast and later, very fast. After Mfuneko Ngam's huge promise was severed by a string of injuries, Zondeki became the next young fast bowler to attempt to fill the boots of Allan Donald.
He could hardly have made a more stunning impact, taking a wicket withhis first ball in international cricket, Sri Lanka's Marvan Atapattu caught in the slips during a one-day international in Bloemfontein in 2002. During the 2003 World Cup, Zondeki was a literal replacement for Donald, the selectors opting for youth and promise over experience. Predictably, Zondeki struggled to make an impression under enormous pressure but was seleced for the 2003 tour of England. He made an impression on his debut at Headingley, but with bat not ball. South Africa were struggling at 142 for 7 before Zondeki and Gary Kisten added 150 for the eighth wicket. But a side injury restricted him to just 4.5 overs, and his bad luck with injuries meant he did not get back into the Test side until March 2005, against Zimbabwe. It was an impressive comeback, nine wickets - including a career best 6 for 39 - booking him a place to the West Indies. He managed just seven wickets in three Tests in the Caribbean, and recurring injuries seriously hampered his chances at international level.
However, he enjoyed an excellent 2007-08 domestic season, during which he was the leading wicket-taker with 62 at 19.16, and was called up to South Africa's Test squad to India after Charl Langeveldt pulled out. Zondeki was also Warwickshire's overseas signing for the 2008 season. He got a chance again at the international level against the touring Kenyan and Bangladeshi sides in October and November 2008, and was later picked in the touring party for Australia.
Cricinfo Staff November 2008
South Africa Player of the Year 2008
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?