Heinrich Klassen is one of the finest white-ball cricketers for South Africa in recent times. The wicket-keeper batter has been in sensational form in the white-ball format for the Proteas. Klassen has shockingly announced his retirement from test cricket on Monday, with immediate effect. He will continue to be available for South Africa in white-ball formats. Klaasen played four Tests between 2019 and 2023, the most recent against West Indies last summer.
He had a first-class record, an average of 46.09 from 85 matches but Klaasen never came into the light at the Test level due to Quinton de Kock. Klassen scored 56 runs in four innings against West Indies. The 32-year-old batter managed to total just 104 runs with a best of 35 and was since replaced in the playing XI by Kyle Verreynne.
After a successful 2023 in which he had a strike rate of 172.71 in T20s and 140.66 in ODI, he will now switch his entire concentration to the white-ball game. The Proteas batter has been one of the most explosive batters for the Rainbow nation in the last couple of years in the middle and has been the main reason for the explosive brand of cricket that the nation plays in white-ball.
I faced on and off the field: Heinrich Klassen
Klaasen said, "After a few sleepless nights wondering if I am making the right decision, I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket. It's a difficult decision that I have made because it is by far my favourite format of the game. The battles that I faced on and off the field have made me the cricketer I am today. It has been a great journey and I am glad I could have represented my country."
"My baggy Test cap is the most precious cap I have ever been handed. Thanks to everyone that has played a part in my red-ball career and shaped me into the cricketer I am today. But for now a new challenge awaits and I am looking forward to it."