Heinrich Klaasen became an overnight sensation after he guided South Africa to a 5-wicket victory against India at Johannesburg in the 4th ODI. 26-year-old Klaasen’s blinder of 47 off 27 balls proved to be the gamechanger. The blistering knock also helped the hosts stay alive in the 6-match ODI series, which stands at 3-1. Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first. India put up 290 for the hosts to chase. Shikhar Dhawan reached the milestone of the 13th century in his 100th ODI match, which was a record. The South Africans began to chase but it started raining soon after. The revised equation was, hosts needed 202 off 28 overs, which looked within their grasp considering they had wickets in hand.
The night belonged to Klaasen, who was an unknown figure before the match but became a star and it seems his form will now see him be a permanent fixture in the ODI setup. But soon after the match, the social sphere was flooded with tweets where people felt he resembled New Zealand’s Martin Guptill. Well, so what do you feel?
— KUMAR PRASHANT (@kumar007prashan) February 10, 2018
— SHOAIB | PSL Fever (@Sarcastifieded) February 11, 2018
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) February 10, 2018
Don’t forget Klaasen’s important innings, the way he handled the spinners was incredible, all under the pressure of the run rate.
— South African Guptill (@CricFan2000) February 10, 2018
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) February 10, 2018
RT Brokenpundit: Klaasen vs Guptill… pic.twitter.com/QSgQJYlv8m
— #IPL2017 IPL 2017 (@IPL2017_Live) February 11, 2018
— Cricspirit.com (@Cricspirit) February 11, 2018
AJ Tye + Jonny Bairstow + Martin Guptill = Heinrich Klaasen pic.twitter.com/VuesodUibx
— DIVYA K REDDY (@Kohlicious_) February 11, 2018
— Utkarsh (@utkarshnigam76) February 11, 2018
With South Africa looking to claw back in the series, the next two matches are bound to be enthralling.