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|Born||March 06, 1989|
|Age||31 years 201 days|
|Teams||South Africa, South Africa A, Lions, South African Invitation XI, Kent, Derbyshire, Multan Sultans, Northern Warriors, Kings XI Punjab, Lahore Qalandars, Chittagong Vikings, Rotterdam Rhinos, St Lucia Zouks, Paarl Rocks, Titans|
|Bat Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|BBI||79 / 1||-||-||39 / -|
|BBM||94 / 1||-||-||39 / -|
Despite consistent performances in the domestic circuit, he was ignored by the national selectors and Hardus contemplated moving to New Zealand to pursue his career. 2014/15 was the breakthrough season - topping the bowling charts with 47 scalps at an average of 23.02 which was enough for him to earn a call-up to the national side.
In 2016, Hardus made his Test debut against England in the third Test. He couldn't have asked for a better start to his career. Hardus hit a boundary off the first ball he faced and to top it up, he picked up a wicket off his first ball in International cricket - Alastair Cook was his first victim. Unfortunately, he couldn't kick-on and finished with 1/ 94. South Africa went onto lose the Test and series, which saw Hardus losing his spot from the team.
He carried on plying his trade for the South African A teams and continued to stamp his authority. With limited opportunities, he fell bait for the Kolpak and signed a 3-year deal with Derbyshire in December 2016 and parted ways with Cricket South Africa.
Hardus was roped in by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs. 75 lakhs. With an economy rate above 9.5, he didn't have a memorable IPL in 2019. However, the Punjab franchise decided to retain Viljoen for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.
By Sriram AS