Cape Town — Former Proteas all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt officially retired from first-class cricket at the conclusion of the Cobras' Four-Day Domestic series match against the Warriors at Newlands on Thursday.
Kleinveldt revealed the news on Twitter soon after the match, " Finally lost the love for the toil!!!! Been a great ride and made some unbelievable memories. Love to all my teammates, coaches, family and friends for the support over the 17 years. "
Kleinveldt captured 454 wickets in 148 first-class matches for Western Province, the Cape Cobras and Northampton.
His 9-65, a career-best, came for Northampton, in the 2017-2018 season in which he nipped out 50 first-class batsmen.
Kleinveldt also represented the Proteas in four Test matches, 10 One-Day Internationals and six T20 Internationals.
A burly bowling all-rounder, Kleinveldt won the first match of the Four-day Domestic Series against the Knights with a four and a towering six when the Cape Cobras started shakily.
As a youngster, he was a member of South Africa's U19 team which made the final of the 2002 Junior Cricket World Cup.
He was fast-tracked into first-class cricket by Western Province in the 2002/3 season.
Kleinveldt made his debut for South Africa in the Test arena against Australia in the 2012/13 season and captured 3-65 at Adelaide versus the Baggy Greens.
A hard-hitting lower order batsman and a bowler who seams the ball both ways, Kleinveldt will remain part of the Cape Cobras' white-ball campaigns.
The Cape Cobras play in the upcoming One Day Cup tournament, which gets under way on February 8.
Finally lost the love for the toil !!! Been a great ride n made some unbelievable memories!! Love to all my teammates,coaches,family n friends for the support over the 17 years!-- Rory Kleinveldt (@RoryK_9) January 17, 2019
Sorry guys meant to #redball-- Rory Kleinveldt (@RoryK_9) January 17, 2019
Machine bud! 17 years and always made a impact! You can be very proud Congrats bro-- Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 17, 2019
Well done @RoryK_9 great career dude!!-- paul harris (@paulharris12) January 17, 2019
Def fulfilled the talent you had guy so be proud of a wonderful career and everything you achieved! Bowled a heavy ball and moered a long one!! Come join the toppies on the??? circuit.??-- Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) January 17, 2019
Great Man ,Great Career Champ all the best in the future ????-- Geoffrey Toyana (@geoffreytoyana) January 17, 2019
Congrats Cuzn ???? champion in every sense of the word???? 17 is a moer long time. ?? https://t.co/zZ2zMSONfk-- Beuran Hendricks (@Beuran_H13) January 17, 2019
Great now I dont feel that old.-- paul harris (@paulharris12) January 17, 2019
?????? only you guy! But you can still join us on the ?? circuit!-- Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) January 17, 2019