TELFORD VICE, Cape Town
DELIRIOUS shouts of “Rusty jou lekker ding!” will never again echo around a South African cricket ground – their inspiration, Rusty Theron, has retired from the game in this country. He will, however, still be seen in Twenty20 circuses around the world.
A flame-haired flame-thrower of a fast bowler who took an Olympian approach to batting – hit the ball faster, higher, stronger, dammit – Theron’s decision to call it quits in SA at the unripe age of 30 was partly prompted by a stubborn knee problem that is only the latest in a long list of injuries that have been speedbumps on his journey in the game.
Theron will be remembered for how he played his four one-day internationals and nine Twenty20s for SA: with a smile on his face, his heart on his sleeve, and a panic proof personality that made him a perfect fit for the double-edged job of bowling at the death.
Even Theron’s career stats for the Warriors, the only SA franchise he played for, are touched by humour. He took 100 wickets in first-class cricket for them and 99 in his list A career for the Eastern Cape side.
Theron plans to become a teacher. Lucky kids.