CAPE TOWN – Rory Kleinveldt has walked a long road from the fresh-faced youngster that made his first-class debut in 2002/03, but now he will only play limited-overs cricket going forward.
The 35-year-old former Proteas paceman announced his retirement from “red-ball” cricket on Thursday via Twitter, where he said that he had “finally lost the love for the toil” of the first-class game.
Kleinveldt played his last red-ball match for the Cape Cobras this week, which ended in a six-wicket defeat to the Warriors at Newlands on Thursday.
“Finally lost the love for the toil!!!! Been a great ride and made some unbelievable memories. Love to all my teammates, coaches, family and friends for the support over the 17 years,” Kleinveldt tweeted, before adding a few minutes later: “Sorry guys meant #redball”
Kleinveldt came through the ranks of Victoria Cricket Club (where he played senior first-team cricket at 16) and Plumstead High, and was part of the SA Under-19 ‘Class of 2002’ that played in the World Cup final, where Hashim Amla captained South Africa.