South African Rilee Rossouw has been in red-hot form for Somerset this year. His latest exploit is how he managed today to smash an astounding 36 runs in a single over in the ongoing Vitality Blast, their domestic T20 competition.
The left-hander’s latest demolition job came against Derbyshire in the quarter-finals where he smashed 93 off just 36 balls, and his innings set Somerset on course to booking a place in the semi-finals against Hampshire. The most astounding feat of the day was when he slammed (6, 6, 4, (2nb), 6, 6, 6) against leg-spinner Mattie McKiernan.
Rilee Rossouw has been in red-hot form this season. He has scored over 600 runs for the Somerset in their T20 competition the Vitality Blast, and averages well over 50. Not only that, his runs have come at an astounding strike-rate of 197. Today, Rossouw’s destruction set up Somerset for a record 265/5 – the highest T20 total in English domestic men’s cricket.
The last time Rossouw appeared for South Africa was back in 2016, following which he signed a Kolpak deal with Hampshire. That kept him out of the Proteas’ international and domestic setup since then. But the UK’s exit from the European Union in 2020, he’s returned home to play domestic cricket.
Rossouw is expected to replace injured Proteas captain Temba Bavuma in the starting line-up at the top of the order. The Proteas begin their three-match T20I series against England in Bristol on July 27.