Kepler Christoffel Wessels
Kepler Christoffel Wessels was born on 14 September 1957 is a former South African cricketer who leaded South Africa after playing 24 Tests for Australia. He was the initial man to have played One Day International cricket for two countries. He was a left-handed opening batsman. He took part in first-class cricket for Orange Free State, Western Province, Northern Transvaal, Eastern Province and Griqualand West in South Africa, for Queensland in Australia and Sussex in England. Since 2008 season, he was the coach for the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.
Behind 1970s, Wessels was sketched by Kerry Packer to play for the Australian World Series Cricket Team. As a South African with little hope of playing Test cricket for his country, Wessels joined the "circus" to take improvement of the better pay and conditions that the WSC offered.
He entered in Sydney at the age of 21 and was put on audition at the local Waverley club, for Packer to see first if Wessels was well-mannered material for World Series Cricket. After scoring 123 against Penrith, newspapers started contemplate about a place for Wessels in the New South Wales state side. The media was unaware that Wessels had previously signed for Packer. An innings of 137 followed in opposition to the Sydney club side and the selectors instantaneously named him in the state training squad. That was the indication Packer needed and he quickly called a press conference to announce that Wessels would be playing World Series Cricket instead.
For the period of the 1993/94 international season, Wessels' cricketing career accomplished full circle, as he captained the South African side in a visit to Australia. The opening Test match of the tour, in Melbourne, was drawn. The second, and debatably most memorable, test was played out in front of a capacity crowd in Sydney. It twisted out to be Wessels' last match of the tour, subsequently a hand injury during play. Shane Warne took seven wickets in the first innings and the whole thing seemed lost for the South Africans.
On the other hand, thanks to some heroic bowling and batting by the visitors, Australia was ultimately set a winning target of 117 runs in the second innings. The home side was bowled out for 110 runs, and South Africa won their first Test match in opposition to Australia since 1969. Wessels was obligated to return to South Africa because of his injury, in consequence missing out on the rest of the tour. He was, however, straight away reinstated as captain for the home series against Australia. He retired after the series, handing over the pedals to teammate Hansie Cronje.
After retiring he coached English county side Northampton shire awaiting 2006.His son, Riki Wessels now participates for the club as a Kolpak player. In 2008, he was elected to coach the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).