Talking about the most famous cricket players, Vernon Philander should be mentioned. He recorded successful wins, one after the other and got respective worldwide recognition that kept South African cricket prowess at the top of the league charts.
Cricket lovers know that Vernon Philander stands to be one of the finest exponents in the red ball history with just raw numbers alone. The former all-rounder enjoyed the glory that came from spending all of his profession among the best top ten Test bowlers in the world.
Additionally, the South African unending support kept him going even to soar greater heights. However, the announcement of his retirement came entirely unexpected to his fans and the South African cricket team. Well, here are some fascinating realities about him.
Vernon Philander biography
With the retirement news from Philander, you would want to know his background, family, career endeavours, net worth, and other exciting facts. So what is his net worth? Where does he live?
Vernon Philander profile
- Full name: Vernon Darryl Philander
- Nickname: Pro, The Surgeon, Big Vern, V-Dawg
- Date of birth: June 24th, 1985
- Place of birth: Bellville, South Africa
- Current age: 34 years
- Sex: Male
- Nationality: Indian
- Zodiac sign: Cancer
- Marital status: Married
- Wife: Mandy Hudson
- Height (approximate): 5' 9''
- Weight (approximate): 70 kilograms
- Playing role: All-rounder
- Jersey number: 24
- Batting style: Right-hand bat
- Style of bowling: Right-arm fast-medium
- Vernon Philander Instagram: @vernon_philander
Vernon family background
South Africa's favourite cricketer grew up in his grandparent's simple home. Born in June 24th, 1985, Vernon adapted to his home surroundings at the Cape Flats. He has three brothers, namely Tyron Philander, Brandon Philander, and Darryl Philander.
Vernon’s mother is Bonny Philander who dedicated herself to raising him and supporting his dreams. Vernon Philander wife is Mandy Hudson, who has been his number one fan in his profession in cricketing.
Philander attended the Webner Street Primary School in Ravensmead. He completed his high school level in Ravensmead Secondary School also in Ravensmead.
The enthusiastic lad began playing cricket at the age of 8. He gave his first signature while playing for the Cape Cobras at the age of 20. Vernon Philander cricketer, made debut with a blast on his 22nd birthday when he took 4/4 out of an ODI against Ireland in 2007.
Philander made it into South Africa's Test, playing XL after four years. Additionally, he took a 5-wicket pull and crushed the Australian line-up without any assistance. Indeed his prowess in the games earned him the SA Sportsman of the Year Award in 2012.
In 2013, Vernon took the first position in the ICC Test bowlers positioning after defeating his partner Dale Steyn. On top of that, he set up Vernon Philander Foundation in the same year.
Some of the teams that he has played for include:
- South Africa
- Cape Cobras
- Jamaica Tallawahs
- South Africa A
- South Africa Under-19's
- South Western Districts
- Western Province
- Western Province Boland
- Western Province Under-19's
The talented cricketer also made some records in history. He became the fastest South African to take 100 Test wickets (in 19th Test). Philander also became the second-fastest to take 50 wickets in Test history (in 7th Test).
Additionally, he also became the 5th player ever to take five wickets in an innings in each of his first three tests. One of his major career highlights stands to be during the 2006-07 domestic season in Cobras; he had 30 wickets and a competitive average of 72.
Vernon Philander stats
Most of his fans have records of the talented player’s league stats but if you missed out, do not worry. The player’s past and recent cricket stats include:
1. Career stats in field
2. Bowling stats
3. Battling stats
- Last Test vs England at The Wanderers Stadium, January 24th, 2020
- Final ODI vs New Zealand at Senwes Park, August 23rd, 2015
- Test debut vs Australia at Newlands, November 09th, 2011
- ODI debut vs Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, June 24th, 2007
- T20 debut vs West Indies at The Wanderers Stadium, September 11th, 2007
- Last T20 vs England at Riverside Ground, August 20th, 2008
Vernon Philander net worth
The celebrated cricket player’s primary source of income is from his cricket profession. The estimated net worth of Vernon approximately is in the range of $1 million - $5 million. The famous icon's net worth is proof that his hard work bore great success. The former cricket player earned a salary of $250,000, which is lucrative.
So why did Philander retire?
Vernon Philander will retire after his last Test series against England. The player will proudly close his philandering career that since has started way back. He has been having health issues that include battle injuries and a back problem that ultimately drag his performance.
"It's been coming on for a while. You get to the stage in your career when you've got to make a decision," Philander said. He also added that he enjoyed his career incredibly, but unfortunately he is slowly getting into the darker area for a fast bowler. To him, it is a wise move.
The South African cricket family definitely will miss the talented man from the cricket sessions. Vernon Philander remains to be an icon to most upcoming cricket players all around the world. The county celebrates his achievements and his attempts in putting his team at the top. Vernon’s hard work and devotion will push the South African cricket team to uplift to greater heights.