Rilee Rossouw is a South African top order batsman known for his aggressive style of batting. The young left handed batsman made his first class debut in November, 2007 and was immediately top scorer for his team, scoring 83 with 13 boundaries. His impressive performances in his debut season earned him a spot in the Eagles side to play franchise T20 cricket in South Africa.
In the 2008/09 first class season, Rossouw top scored for the Eagles, scoring 765 runs which included 3 centuries. Rossouw scored 1,261 runs at 57.61 in the 2009/10 season. This season saw him score 319 off 291 balls against the Titans. The innings was the fastest triple century in South African domestic cricket and included 47 fours and 8 sixes.
In the latest edition of the South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 League, Rossouw scored 274 runs from 9 innings - which included 3 half centuries. He did this at an average of 34.25 and a strike rate of 121.23. His half centuries were not given to him on a plate. He had to work hard against a star studded bowling lineup in one game and had to put up a fight despite losing wickets regularly at the other end in another match. His form has also been good in the Momentum One Day Cup and Sunfoil Series (First Class) and he has won many matches for his team with his bat.
Rossouw has represented both South Africa’s U-19 and also ‘A’ teams. The 24-year old has a good strike rate of 126.81 in his T20 career, showing how he can get on with it at the start of the innings.
Rilee Rossouw was a part of the RCB squad in the 2011 and 2012 season, but did not get to play a match. Now, in the 2014 season, Rossouw is back in the RCB side as a replacement for injured Aussie opener Nic Maddinson. With some big runs under his belt, good fielding skills and potential to grow, Rilee Rossouw will be a great addition to the RCB family.