Kepler Christoffel Wessels
(born 14 September 1957) is a former South African cricketer
who captained South Africa after playing 24 Tests
. He was the first man to have played One Day International cricket for two countries.
He was a left-handed opening batsman
. He played first-class cricket
for Orange Free State
, Western Province
, Northern Transvaal
, Eastern Province
and Griqualand West
in South Africa, for Queensland
in Australia and Sussex
in England. As of the 2008 season, he was the coach for the Indian Premier League
franchise Chennai Super Kings
Wessels was six years old when he was introduced to the game of cricket by his sister's boyfriend, Johan Volsteedt. Volsteedt taught him the basics of the game and began to regularly play cricket with him during Sunday visits to the Wessels household. A few years later, Volsteedt became the master in charge of cricket at Grey College in Bloemfontein, and coached Wessels, during his playing days for the school's first team.
From a very early age, Wessels showed exceptional sporting talent. By the age of 12, he was playing rugby union
for the Free State
primary schools team and he was one of the leading schoolboy swimmers in the province. However, after a close encounter with death, due to nephritis
, Kepler's father decided that his son would no longer be allowed to participate in swimming.
Wessels decided to... Read More