paulharris

Born November 2, 1978, Paul Harris is a South African cricketer, who is widely known for his left-arm orthodox spin. Harris was a prolific bowler who remained a mainstay for the Proteas in whites. Despite having all the ingredients, he didn’t manage to sculpt a regular spot in the One-Day International (ODI) team. On his 37th birthday, Criclife presents 14 interesting facts about the left-arm tweaker.

1.  Roots from Zimbabwe: Harris was born in Rhodesia which is now Zimbabwe and in his early age his family shifted to South Africa.

2.  Pastor Dad: Harris’ father was a member of the British South Africa Police in Zimbabwe. After being migrated to South Africa, his father became a pastor in the Fish Hoek area which is in Cape Town.

3.  Spotted by Duncan Fletcher: Harris played cricket for Fish Hoek High School where he was spotted by legendary Duncan Fletcher who was the coach for Western Province those days.

4.  Played alongside Jonathon Trott: In those days, Harris also shared the Western Province dressing room with Jonathan Trott, who later represented England in international cricket.

5.  English County: For the 2006 English County season, Harris was roped in by Warwickshire under the Kolpak ruling.

6.  Domestic performance paved way for the Test debut: An astounding performance in the 2005-06 SuperSport series, where he chipped in with 49 wickets, made it difficult for the selectors to overlook his abilities. He then earned a Test cap and made his international debut.

7.  International cap against India: Harris made his international debut against India in January 2007 at Cape Town after Claude Henderson’s unavailability for the Test.

8.  Impactful debut: Harris marked his presence in world cricket in his debut Test where he claimed four wickets in the first innings. He also had the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to his name. In the second innings too, he got the better of Rahul Dravid and finished the match with a total tally of five wickets.

9.  Man of the Match against his country of birth: Harris picked nine wickets while playing for South Africa ‘A’ against Zimbabwe ‘A’ and helped his team emerge victorious against his country of birth.

10.  Finest performance in Test cricket: Harris’ finest performance in Test cricket came in the third Test against Australia during the 2008-09 home series. He picked three wickets for 34 in the first innings and continued his good form with six scalps to his name in the second innings. His alluring outing in the Test helped his side win the contest by an innings and 20 runs. This was also Harris’ finest performance in Test cricket.  

11.  Not an ODI material: Harris didn’t manage to remain a regular member in the shorter formats as he just played three ODIs in his whole cricketing career.

12.  All ODIs against Bangladesh: Harris made his ODI debut against Bangladesh at Chittagong in March 2008. He played his all three ODIs in the same series against Bangladesh as South Africa whitewashed the hosts. Harris didn’t manage to feature in a single ODI after this series.

13.  Accolades: Harris was named as one of South Africa’s Players of the Year for his outstanding performance in the year 2007 where he picked 29 wickets at a staggering average 23.86.  

14.  Replaced by Imran Tahir: Harris’ career saw a downfall in the later part of his international journey. His depleting effectiveness with the ball saw the young leggie Imran Tahir replacing him in the Test side.