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Nicky Boje

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
South Africa, Africa XI, Hyderabad Heroes, ICL World, Free State, Warriors, Knights
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI | Bowler
Home country:
South Africa
Born:
March 20, 1973, Bloemfontein

Profile

He bowled slow left-arm orthodox spin and was a more than useful middle-order batsman; but unfortunately, he belonged to a team that was filled with all-rounders in numbers. Despite this, Nico “Nicky” Boje captained South Africa Schools in his early days, and later proved to be a vital cog in the Protean national team.

Boje was compelled to switch to left-arm spin on his coach's insistence, because nobody else could turn the ball for his school. For years, he remained in national contention for his batting, often being neglected by the selectors for his primary asset – the leg spin. Ultimately, he marked his international debut in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 1995 and climbed to the No.1 Test rankings in 2000-01, after working hard on his bowling skills. Boje made significant contributions to the New Zealand tour in 2003-04, as his eight-wicket haul helped South Africa level the series. He then debuted in Tests against India in 2000.

However, things took an ugly turn when he was involved in the match-fixing scandal along with Hansie Cronje in the same year, and Boje refused to tour India again. Though, he fought back his way into the national side to face the touring Indians in 2006, before announcing his retirement from all forms of international cricket to concentrate on the domestic front. He then went on to play in the rebel league in India, and was also named captain of Northamptonshire in 2008.


Fast Facts

  • Nicky Boje hails from a family of sportspersons, with the father, mother and all three children playing at least one sport at the provincial or international level.
  • Boje himself is an accomplished rugby and tennis player, apart from being a cricketer.
  • He finished his Test career with exactly 100 wickets, with the final being that of Mahela Jayawardena.
  • Boje has never hit a Test century and has just two ODI tons to his name.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 43 62 1312 10 25.23 48.32 0 4 85
ODI 115 71 1414 18 26.67 88.70 2 4 129
T20 1 0 0 - 0 0 0
CLT20 10 6 55 5 55 157.14 0 0 22*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 43 72 8620 4265 100 5/62 / 42.65 2.96 9 3 0 7
ODI 115 108 4541 3415 96 5/21 / 35.57 4.51 2 1 0 67
T20 1 1 24 27 1 1/27 / 27 6.75 0 0 0 0
CLT20 10 10 192 235 6 1/21 / 39.16 7.34 0 0 0 3
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 18 0 1
ODI 33 0 11
CLT20 4 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 1 1 0 0 0 100

Career

Span:
Test:
2000-2006
 
ODI:
1995-2005
 
T20:
2005-2005
 
CLT20:
2010-2011
Test
Debut:
South Africa Vs India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Feb 24, 2000
Last played:
South Africa Vs Sri Lanka at P.Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo - Aug 04, 2006
ODI
Debut:
South Africa Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Oct 21, 1995
Last played:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Oct 30, 2005
T20
Debut:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
CLT20
Debut:
Warriors Vs Wayamba Elevens at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Warriors Vs Somerset at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 05, 2011
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