●Cricket Legend ●“Man of the Millennium of 702” ●Motivational Speaker
Fanie de Villiers, international cricketer and well known sporting personality, established himself as a South African sports hero with his 10 wickets in the match winning performance against Australia in Sydney in 1993/4, a game still regarded by the media as the most historical and emotional win ever. Within the first two years on the bowling rankings, he became one of the top three bowlers in the world, a position he held for five years.
In 1995 he was dubbed the best fast bowler in the world. He had to give up his athletic career because of his successes on the cricket field. His last medal was Silver at the SA National u/21 championship. He is well entrenched in the business world, specializing in Security and hydraulics. At SuperSport he is a commentator and he reached his 1000’th cricket show at the end of 2016.
Fanie’s career highlights include:
• Northern Transvaal cricket – 13 years
• National Team – 9 years
• World Eleven team – 1996
• SA Cricket player of the year – X3
• SA Sportsman of the year – 1995
• Northern Transvaal Cricketer of the year – X3
• Northern Transvaal Sportsman of the year – 1995
Fanie is the only SA player in history of South-African cricket to have scored a half century and taken 10 wickets in the same Test Match. Until today, in one day cricket, Fanie is regarded by World Cricket as the most economical fast bowler to have played the game.
Fanie’s personal highlights include:
• SA vs. Australia at Sydney, 1994: 10 wickets
• SA vs. Pakistan at the Wanderers, 1996: 10 wickets plus 66 not out, including introducing the reverse sweep against Salim Malik into International Cricket.
• One of five Judges in the Miss World Pageant in 1995
• Started the charity “Hear” to raise funds for Cochlear Implants in South-Africa
• Cycling from Cape Town to Pretoria for 2600km to raise funds for his Charity
Above all, Fanie will always be remembered by the cricket public as a player that enjoyed the game with a smile, his successes on the field and antics off the field made him the newsmaker of South-Africa in 1996. His charity Hear for deaf kids and his support to other different charities put him above the rest in South-Africa. In the year 2000 Radio 702 in conjunction with Jenny Crwys Williams tried to find the man of the Millennium in South-Africa. After a few months of voting listeners, Fanie made the top three. He won the final voting, because of his all-rounder ship on and off the field. He was dubbed as Man of the Millennium of 702.