17th February 2014
Below are the newest additions to the Royals' family:
The seam bowler, from the Eastern Cape, South Africa, bowls full and straight most of the time and mixes things up with the odd slower ball. Theron made his first-class debut in November 2005 and took 60 wickets at 18.26 in his first 15 matches. He topped the first-class and List A bowling rankings for the Warriors almost every season since then. His performance in the limited-overs form of the game has also been exceptional.
Theron was awarded the MTN Domestic Championship Cricketer of the Year in 2008. The season went on to be the one that would launch Theron into the big time. He won at least two out of eight matches for the Warriors in the last over, including the first leg semi-final against the Cobras in which he defended eight runs. He was awarded a contract by Cricket South Africa in February 2010, despite having never played a match for the national side.
That was followed by an IPL contract with Kings XI Punjab. Within hours of landing in India, he picked up the Man-of-the-Match award on debut in a thriller which went down to the Super Over. He has been included in South Africa's shortened, 18-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in May.
When the bustling, big-hitting allrounder became a rarity on the South African cricket landscape, Chris Morris showed the species was not as endangered as once thought.
A pacy opening bowler, Morris often sends the speed gun beyond 140kph. Apart from speed, his accuracy with the ball and fearless lower-order ability with the bat resulted in enough performances of note to earn him a national call-up before he had even played a full season of first-class cricket.
After finishing the 2011-12 season as the leading wicket-taker in the domestic 20-over competition, with 21 scalps at 12.66, Morris was picked in an experimental South African side to play a T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe. He was in the presence of his childhood hero Allan Donald, and used the experience as a learning one more than anything else.
On the basis of that tournament, he was one of the big buys of IPL and went to Chennai Super Kings for a US$650,000. At the time, Morris remarked that he had "never seen so much money". By then, he had already played for South Africa in T20Is against New Zealand and Pakistan.
Dinesh Salunkhe - Bowler - India
B Singh Saran - Bowler - India
Juan Theron - Bowler - South Africa
SV Trivedi - Batsman - India
More to follow.
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