Rusty Theron

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Juan "Rusty" Theron
Personal information
Full name Juan "Rusty" Theron
Born (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985 (age 29)
Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Rusty
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005–present Eastern Province/Chevrolet Warriors
2010 Kings XI Punjab
2011–present Deccan Chargers
2012 Sussex (squad no. 32)
First-class debut 3 November 2005 Eastern Province v KwaZulu Natal
Last First-class 26 January 2012 Warriors v Dolphins
List A debut 3 October 2005 Eastern Province v Zimbabwe U-23s
Last List A 9 December 2011 Warriors v Cape Cobras
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20 ODI
Matches 49 91 80 4
Runs scored 685 527 124 5
Batting average 11.79 18.17 12.40 5
100s/50s 0/2 0 0/0 -/-
Top score 66 41 31* 5
Balls bowled 8,282 4,032 1729 194
Wickets 157 151 90 12
Bowling average 25.63 22.94 22.53 14.41
5 wickets in innings 7 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 7/46 5/44 4/27 5/44
Catches/stumpings 16/– 29/– 20/– 4/&ndash
Source: Cricinfo, 9 December 2013

Juan "Rusty" Theron (born 24 July 1985) is a South African cricketer. He currently plays for the Chevrolet Warriors (formerly known as Eastern Province), the Deccan Chargers in the IPL and the South Africa national team. He is a right-arm fast bowler and bats right-handed.

Playing career[edit]

Theron made his debut for Eastern Province in October 2005, appearing in a List A match at Port Elizabeth against the Zimbabwe U-23 team, bowling them out for 145 and thus helping his team win the fixture with match figures of 2/26 of 6.3 overs.[1] He soon made his first class debut in November 2005, appearing against KwaZulu Natal. He soon showed his potential and developed into an important member of the Warriors side, leading the team in subsequent bowling charts in both first-class and List A competitions.[2][3]

Early career[edit]

In 2008, Theron's performances for Warriors led to him being awarded the MTN Domestic Championship Cricketer of the Year award in Cricket South Africa's 2008 Mutual Federal SA Cricket Awards.[4] Also during the same year, he played English club cricket for Staffordshire-based club Audley, where he replaced fellow South African Alfonso Thomas.[5] He also represented the South Africa A side during the same year.

International debut (2010)[edit]

Theron's strong domestic performances in all competitions, notably during the Standard Bank Pro20 series, led to him being awarded both a place in South Africa's 18-man provisional 2010 ICC World Twenty20 squad, a national contract and signing with Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab.[6][7] In his debut for Punjab against the Chennai Super Kings, he recorded impressive figures of 2/17 in his four overs and bowled the Super Over that led his team to an unlikely victory, subsequently being awarded with the Man of the Match award.[7][8] He played in the two T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe and during the ODI series he took his first ODI wicket that of opener Hamilton Masakadza. He bagged 11 wickets in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe including a five-wicket haul.

He was then selected for the two match twenty-20 series against Pakistan but not the ODI series. He bagged 4 wickets in the two match series and was subsequently the selectors decided to add Theron for the ODI series against Pakistan [9] Theron was picked up by Deccan Chargers for IPL for the season of 2011.

Theron (31 off 16) and Wayne Parnell (29 off 11) produced a stunning partnership as South Africa won the second T20I against Australia despite looking dead and buried at 84/7.[10]


  1. ^ "Eastern Province v Zimbabwe Under-23s". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Theron rips up Western Province". Cricinfo. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Unbeaten Titans throw down a challenge". Cricinfo. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Cricket South Africa". Cricket South Africa. Archived from the original on 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Cricket: Theron firing Audley's bid to retain title". 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ "Kings XI Punjab sign on Rusty Theron". Cricinfo. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Siddarth Ravindran (21 March 2010). "Juan Theron, Punjab's new iceman". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Sidharth Monga (21 March 2010). "Punjab hold nerve on night of mediocrity". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Rusty Theron added to South Africa one-day squad | Cricket News | Pakistan v South Africa | ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  10. ^ Theron, wins. "International Twenty20 Series: South Africa v Australia". Scorecard. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 

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