(Bottom row: Extreme left) Clive van Ryneveld © Getty Images
(Bottom row: Extreme left) Clive van Ryneveld © Getty Images

Cricket South Africa lost their former skippers Clive van Ryneveld, at the age of 89 on January 29 (Monday), 2018. Van Ryneveld represented the national side from 1951 to 1958. Some of his credentials in his 7-year-long career includes a Test highest of 83 at Headingley in 1951 and a career-best of 4 for 67 against New Zealand at Port Elizabeth in 1954. Van Ryneveld, a leg-spinner and a reliable middle-order batsman, ended with 17 scalps at 39 and amassed 724 runs at a moderate average of 27.

Captaincy was a greater legacy. Van Ryneveld led South Africa 8 times towards the end of his career. His finest moment came in the home series of 1957-58 when under him, South Africa drew the home series against England despite trailing 0-2 at one point.

CSAs acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe commented: “On behalf of the CSA family, I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his many cricketing colleagues. Apart from being an outstanding all-round sportsman he did his utmost to create a level playing field for all South Africans.”

In contrast to his international career, Van Ryneveld had a much successful outing in First-Class cricket, with 4,803 runs and 206 wickets, both at 30, mostly for Western Province. His uncle Jimmy Blanckenberg also played 18 Tests for South Africa.