Full name Rory Keith Kleinveldt
Born March 15, 1983, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 36 years 319 days
Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Hampshire, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Western Province, Western Province Boland
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Nov 9-13, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Feb 22-24, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Paarl, Jan 19, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v South Africa at Pallekele, Jul 28, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v Bangladesh at Johannesburg, Nov 5, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Mar 3, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Cape Cobras v Warriors at Cape Town, Jan 14-17, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||Western Province v South Western Districts at Cape Town, Jan 26, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Western Province Boland v Dolphins at Cape Town, Apr 7, 2004 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Warriors v Cape Cobras at East London, May 1, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|24, 0/37||W Province||v S West D||Cape Town||26 Jan 2020||LA|
|4/33, 10||Cape Cobras||v Warriors||East London||1 May 2019||T20|
|17*, 2/22||Cape Cobras||v Dolphins||Durban||28 Apr 2019||T20|
|15*, 0/35||Cape Cobras||v Lions||Cape Town||26 Apr 2019||T20|
|0/22, 6*||Cape Cobras||v Titans||Paarl||24 Apr 2019||T20|
|0/47, 9*||Cape Cobras||v Warriors||Port Elizabeth||20 Apr 2019||T20|
|1/26||Cape Cobras||v Knights||Cape Town||16 Apr 2019||T20|
|12*, 2/9||Cape Cobras||v Dolphins||Cape Town||14 Apr 2019||T20|
|2/27||Cape Cobras||v Warriors||Paarl||12 Apr 2019||T20|
|12*, 0/26||Cape Cobras||v Titans||Benoni||10 Apr 2019||T20|
A burly and bustling allrounder, Rory Kleinveldt came from the assembly line of South Africa's seam-bowling, lower middle-order hitting two-in-ones. Although his potential was never fully realised at international level, he excelled domestically at home and on the county circuit.
Hailing from a cricketing family - Kleinveldt's uncle Johnny played under the South African Cricket Board pre-unity in 1991 - Kleinveldt was involved in the game from an early age. He was a member of South Africa's Under-19 team which made the final of the 2002 World Cup, and after a stint with the South African Academy side, he was fast-tracked into first-class cricket by Western Province in 2002-03.
After several impressive seasons with Cobras, He was rewarded with a spot in the South Africa A side touring India in 2007, and finally a call-up to the national one-day squad in October 2008. He did not get a game though, and went on to have a disastrous T20I debut - he scored 3 and bowled a wicketless 20-run over. He had to wait two years for another chance, which he got at the 2010 World T20, but another forgettable outing saw him left out of the team again.
Kleinveldt finally got a sustained run in 2012-13 season, when he made his Test debut in Australia. He was picked as part of an all-pace attack to bowl on what was expected to be a spicy Brisbane track, but went wicket-less on a flat surface. Better performances came in Adelaide and at home in Port Elizabeth against New Zealand, but in an attack with Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, Kleinveldt struggled to nail down a regular place in Tests.
In limited-overs cricket, Kleinveldt played 10 ODIs in the first seven months of 2013 but middling performances saw him lose his place. He continued to play as a senior stalwart for Cobras and initially looked to try and claim back his national place but fell behind in a queue of upcoming quicks.
In 2015, his career took a different path when he signed for Northants. He was their leading bowler in the County Championship with 57 wickets from 13 matches and played a role in their T20 run to Finals Day. That summer, Kleinveldt confirmed he had no interest in resuming an international career and furnished CSA with a letter detailing that when he went to play at the Masters Champions League.
Although that tournament seemed to require that players retire from all forms of cricket, Kleinveldt continued to play for Cobras and signed for Northants in 2016 as well. He was a natural addition to a county that revelled in its nickname of The Chubsters and his competitive edge made him an instant favourite, both with the ball and as an increasingly dangerous hitter. A career-best 9 for 65 on a green pitch at Northampton was one of the highlights and contributed to an unexpected Northants promotion challenge in 2017 which only died on the final day of the season. He retired a year later, at 35, after a combative period in which he took 140 wickets for Northants and produced several combustible innings.