The South African all-rounder will like to contribute more for his national side in the coming years    Getty Images
The South African all-rounder will like to contribute more for his national side in the coming years Getty Images

Born on July 30,1989, Wayne Parnell turns 27 on Saturday. Parnell was a part of South Africa’s U-19 World Cup team and also was selected as the captain of the U-19 World Cup team of 2008. He finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker and even contributed with the bat in the quarter-final clash against Bangladesh. He debuted for South Africa in One-Day International (ODI) in 2009 while made his debut in whites in 2010. Parnell’s most memorable performance came in the second edition of the ICC World Twenty20 (T20I), held in England, where he picked up nine wickets at 13.22 with an economy rate of less than six. He also earned the golden ball for his stupendous performance with the ball in the tournament. His best performance came against West Indies where he picked up 4 for 13 in 4 overs. ALSO READ: AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell to leave CPL 2016 mid-way

Parnell, before joining the national team, played for Kent in 2009 season. On his county debut against Essex he took 4 for 78 in the first innings and top scored with 69 in the second. In his maiden first-class fifty; the innings contained 11 boundaries. Despite following on Kent won the match, with Parnell claiming three further wickets. In Kent’s next first-class match, against Glamorgan he bettered his maiden fifty with an innings of 90, again top scoring from number eight. He left Kent to play for South Africa in the World T20I but came back after the tournament to add to the strength of Kent.

Parnell was also the youngest player to be handed a national contract by Cricket South Africa (CSA). He has represented a number of franchise teams in different T20I tournaments as well. He has played for Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a few seasons, represented Sussex, Cape Cobras in Ram Slam T20I Challenge, where he scored 99 off 57 balls, and Barbados Tridents (BT) in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). He has been an integral part of these teams as an all-rounder and for his national side.