One of the most dominant players against spin in the world and one of the cleanest hitters at the moment, Heinrich Klaasen is in the form of his life. It has been a year of first’s for the South African, he started the year with a hundred in the inaugural season of SA 20 then another magical hundred in the Indian Premier League. The first hundred of the inaugural season of Major League Cricket (MLC), Klaasen has been the man smashing the ball all over the world in 2023.
Applauded by AB de Villers as the ” One of the best players of spin he’d ever seen.” Heinrich Klaasen has come a long way in his cricketing career. He produced one of the finest knocks ever seen in recent times against Australia back home. He has one of the most simplest techniques when it comes to facing spin. When the ball is short, the ball is dispatched over mid-wicket. Drop it full and watch it get crash into the sightscreen.
After a brutal display against the London Spirit in the Hundred tournament Heinrich Klassen said “I can do it around the world. All the hard work I’ve put in over the last few years, it seems to work for all conditions.” Someone of Klassen’s power and timing breathes life into South Africa’s World Cup campaign. After a loss against Netherlands in the group of the 2022 T20 World Cup, South Africa had horrendous time down under and they started to drop down the table in the rankings.
What makes Heinrich Klaasen so special from the other players in the ICC Cricket World Cup is his brute power and the simplest of techniques to play spin. He is a true game changer for the Proteas in the middle order and a potential match winner alongside David Miller. The world is about to witness one of the finest and simplest six hitters in recent times in the ODI World Cup as South Africa aim for their maiden World Cup title.