Cricket Career of Anrich Nortje

Anrich Nortje was born in 16 November, 1993. He is a professional player in the South African team. He is a right-arm fast bowler. He is a very crucial player in the South African team. In this article we going to discuss about the new update cricket of Anrich Nortje.

Anrich Nortje is a fast bowler who has received praise from fellow cricketer Dale Steyn for being “extremely exciting.” Both Nortje and Steyn come from Uitenhage, a town located north of Port Elizabeth, known for its large Volkswagen factory. 

Nortje is known for regularly delivering pitches at speeds over 150 kph and for his dangerous bouncer deliveries. Nortje attended Brandwag High School and later earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in financial planning from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where he played varsity cricket. He had a strong start to his first-class franchise career, taking 20 wickets in four matches in the 2016-17 season and finishing in fifth place in the first-class wicket charts in the 2017-18 season, when he was the second-highest wicket-taking seam bowler. Nortje’s biggest opportunity came in the shorter format of cricket.

Beginning of Career

Late in 2018, Nortje made a big impression in the Mzansi Super League, a T20 franchise tournament in South Africa. He helped the Cape Town Blitz by capturing eight wickets in three games with his quick bowls. He had to leave the tournament though because of an ankle injury that needed surgery. He started playing again at the beginning of 2019, making his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in March. He did well in four of the five games in the series, with his best performance coming at his home stadium in Port Elizabeth, when he had a 3-for-57 total. Many people felt that he ought to be a part of South Africa’s World Cup squad based on his performances.

Nortje’s career seemed to be on the rise when he was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2019 Indian Premier League, but he had to withdraw from the tournament due to a shoulder injury. He was still named in South Africa’s World Cup squad and had recovered by the time the tournament started, but broke his thumb in training before the team’s departure. Nortje finally had the opportunity to tour with the national team in September-October 2019, when he was selected for a T20I and Test series in India. He made his debut in both formats during that tour.

A career in Test Cricket

Anrich Nortje played his first international test match against India on 10 October 2023. India won that match by innings & 137 runs. Enrich’s performance was not so good in that series. He bowled for 25 overs and gave 100 runs but did not take any wickets. He got five maiden overs and ECON was 4.00. With the bat, he just scored 3 runs in 28 balls. Mohammed Shami of India took his wicket in that match. 

After that series, he improved his performance and from 2019 to 2023 he faced many strong teams like India, England, West Indies, Pakistan and Australia. Gradually he becomes a very important part of the team. South Africa has won many matches based on his performance. 

Till now he has played 30 test innings and taken 64 wickets instead of 1786 runs. His average is 27.90 and his ECON is 3.71. Enrich’s strike rate is 45.00. In one match he took four wickets. In three matches he took 5 wickets. 

 On 4th January 2023, he played his recent Test series against Australia. The match was played in Sydney. It was a draw match. Anrich Nortje’s performance was quite good in that series. He bowled for 22 overs and gave 55 runs instead of 2 wickets. He took the wickets of Warner and M Labuschagne. He took 5 maiden overs in that series. His ECON rate was 2.50. His average bowling speed was 140 kilometres per hour throughout the whole series. 

A career in ODI Matches

Anrich Nortje played his first ODI match against Sri Lanka on 3 March 2019. The match was played in Johannesburg. South Africa won that match by 8 wickets(with 67 balls remaining). In that match, Anrich bowled for 7 overs. He gave 33 runs instead of 1 wicket. His ECON rate was 4.71 in that match. 

Till now Anrich has played 16 ODI matches and taken 28 wickets. His average is 26.71 and his ECON rate is 5.72. Enrich’s bowling strike rate is 28.00. He took 4 wickets in a single match two times. 4 wickets instead of 51 runs are considered as his best innings in his ODI career. 

Anrich played his recent ODI match against India on 11 October 2022. The match was being played in Delhi. India won that match by 7 wickets with 185 balls remaining. Anrich’s performance was not good in that match. He bowled for 5 overs and did not take a single wicket. He gave 15 runs in 5 overs. His ECON rate was 3.00. 

A career in T20I matches

Anrich has played his first International T20 match against India and the match was played in Mohali. On 18 September 2019. India won that match by 7 wickets. With 6 balls remaining. Anrich bowled for 3 overs and did not take any wickets. His ECON rate was 9 for that match. 

Till now he has played 29 international T20 matches. And took 35 wickets. His bowling average is 19.68 and his Econ rate is 7.11. His bowling strike rate for T20I matches is 16.6. He took 4 wickets in a single match 2 times in his T20I career. 4 wickets instead of 10 runs is considered the best performance in his international T20 career. 

Recently Anrich has played against the Netherlands. In that match, Anrich bowled for 4 overs. He gave 10 runs and took 1 wicket. His ECON rate was 2.50. 

A career in FC Matches 

Anrich played his first FC match against Namibia on 9 February 2013. He bowled for 15 overs and took one wicket. He has played a total of 66 FC matches and took 228 wickets. His bowling average is 26 and his Econ rate is 4. His bowling strike rate is 47. 9 wickets instead of 98 runs are considered as his best bowling performance in his FC career. 

ICC Rankings 

  • Rank in Test Cricket- 19
  • Rank in ODI- 65
  • Rank in T20- 9


Anrich has played for: 

South Africa, South Africa A, Delhi Capitals, Eastern Province, Cape Town Blitz, South African School.

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