Full name Aaron Mpho Phangiso
Born January 21, 1984, Garankuwa
Current age 37 years 7 days
Major teams South Africa, Gauteng, Lions, Northerns, Northerns Under-19s, South Africa A, South Africa Academy, South Africa Under-19s, Titans
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|ODI debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Potchefstroom, Jan 25, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Oct 9, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v New Zealand at East London, Dec 23, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v India at Cape Town, Feb 24, 2018 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Gauteng v Northerns at Johannesburg, Oct 6-8, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warriors v Lions at Port Elizabeth, Nov 30-Dec 3, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Gauteng v Northerns at Johannesburg, Oct 10, 2004 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warriors v Lions at Potchefstroom, Jan 24, 2021 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Dolphins v Titans at Durban, Jan 18, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Jozi Stars v Paarl Rocks at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|11, 1/29||Lions||v Warriors||Potchefstroom||24 Jan 2021||LA|
|2/33||Lions||v Cape Cobras||Potchefstroom||22 Jan 2021||LA|
|5*, 0/75||Lions||v Warriors||Port Elizabeth||30 Nov 2020||FC|
|0/41, 10, 0/21||Lions||v Knights||Johannesburg||23 Nov 2020||FC|
|12, 1/102, 3*, 1/3||Lions||v Dolphins||Durban||2 Nov 2020||FC|
|1/31||Lions||v Dolphins||Potchefstroom||13 Mar 2020||LA|
|-||Lions||v Knights||Bloemfontein||10 Mar 2020||LA|
|0/34||Lions||v Titans||Johannesburg||8 Mar 2020||LA|
|1, 2/33||Lions||v Dolphins||Durban||5 Mar 2020||LA|
|2/40||Lions||v Warriors||Johannesburg||1 Mar 2020||LA|
Few bowlers can thank Sachin Tendulkar for making them look good but Aaron Phangiso, an unassuming left-arm spinner from Garankuwa, could. In the 2012 edition of the Champions League T20, Tendulkar was among the 10 wickets Phangiso claimed to finish third on the overall wicket-takers' list and, after eight years as a domestic workhorse, caught the attention of the global cricket world.
That summer, Phangiso was rewarded with a call-up to South Africa's limited-overs' squads and made his T20 and ODI debut in a series against New Zealand. Being neither a great turner of the ball nor a master of variations, Phangiso uses what his coach Grant Morgan called a "natural pause" in his action to operate primarily as a containing bowler. Phangiso essentially stops for a millisecond mid-stride before delivering the ball which makes him more difficult to pick.
His bowling technique was honed during his five-season stint at Northerns, after which he moved to North West. At his provincial side, Phangiso played in all formats but when he earned promotion to the franchise team, the Lions, he was primarily used in limited-overs cricket. His economy of under five runs an over in List A cricket and under seven runs an over in T20s is testament to his strangling style.
Where Phangiso was unlucky was that his rise coincided with that of other spinners turning heads both at his franchise and in the country. At the Lions, Phangiso competed with his international team-mate Imran Tahir for a regular place as well as with younger players such as Dale Deeb and Eddie Leie. Despite the tough competition, Phangiso carved a niche as the first-choice spinner for the Lions in shorter formats but struggled to do the same at international level.
Phangiso was part of South Africa's squad at the 2015 World Cup but was the only player in the 15-man traveling party who did not play a game. His year improved when he was named in all three South African squads to tour Bangladesh in July 2015, which included a maiden call-up to the Test team.