Adrian Kuiper: 11 facts about the South African all-rounder

Adrian Paul Kuiper, born August 24, 1959, is a South African cricketer, a right-handed batsman and decent medium pace bowler. On the occasion of his 56th birthday, Suraj Choudhari list 11 facts about Kuiper.


 1.  Farmer

Kuiper has a farm at Elgin in Western Cape, where he cultivates fruits and has poultry.


2.  Cricketing family

Kuiper hails from a family of cricketers. His elder brother Jan Kuiper is a First-Class cricketer and his nephew James Kuiper represents Western Province.


3.  One-Day specialist

Kuiper was a utility player with the bat as well as ball. He was a productive middle-order batsman and an useful fifth bowler.   


4.  One Test    

Kuiper, unfortunately represented Proteas in just one single Test — against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1992.


5.  Five unofficial Tests

However, Kuiper featured in five unofficial Tests between 1981 and 1990.


6.  Rebel matches

Kuiper was a part of the South African XI which locked horns with the rebel sides from Sri Lanka, West Indies and England in 1989.


7.  Scintillating century

Kuiper scored a thrilling 49-ball century against the Rebel English side in 1989 at Bloemfontein. His knock of 117 came off 67 deliveries.  


8.  Captain of the side

Kuiper represented Western Province between 1978 and 1995 and was the skipper in 1984.


9.  Stint with Derbyshire

Kuiper featured for Derbyshire in 1990.


10.  Crucial knock in the final

In the ultimate game of the English County season against Essex, Kuiper went ballistic in the run- chase as he slammed 56 just off 36 deliveries to ensure Derbyshire emerge as champions.


11.  Farewell

Kuiper played an emphatic knock in his final One-Day International (ODI) game against England at home in January 1996. He remained unbeaten on 61 off just 66 deliveries and walked away with the Player of the match award.



(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)