Vernon Philander Age, Height, Wife, Family, Biography & More


Full Name Vernon Darryl Philander
Nickname(s) Pro, V-Dawg, Big Vern
Profession Cricketer (Bowler)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.) - Chest: 40 inches
- Waist: 30 inches
- Biceps: 14 inches
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
International Debut ODI- 24 June 2007 against Ireland at Belfast
Test- 9 November 2011 against Australia at Cape Town
T20- 11 September 2007 against West Indies at Johannesburg
Jersey Number # 24 (South Africa)
#24 (Domestic)
Domestic/State Team Cape Cobras, Devon, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kent, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, South Africa A, South Western Districts, Western Province
Favourite Ball Outswinger
Records (main ones) • The fastest South African to take 100 test wickets (in 19th Test).
• The second fastest to take 50 wickets in Test history (in 7th Test).
• The 5th player ever to take 5 wickets in an innings in each of his first 3 tests.
Career Turning Point His outstanding performance in the 2006-07 domestic season for the Cobras, where he took 30 wickets and had a batting average of 72.
Personal Life
Date of Birth 24 June 1985
Age (as in 2018) 33 Years
Birth Place Ravensmead, Parow, Western Cape, South Africa
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Cancer
Nationality Indian
Hometown Ravensmead, Parow, Western Cape, South Africa
School(s) Webner Street Primary School, Ravensmead
Ravensmead Secondary School, Ravensmead
College N/A
Educational Qualification High School
Family Father- Not Known
Mother- Bonny Philander (Duty Manager)

Brothers- Tyron Philander, Brandon Philander, Darryl Philander
Sister- N/A
Coach/Mentor Hannes Adams
Religion Christianity
Address A bungalow at 7de Laan, Cape Town
Hobbies Playing golf
Controversies • In July 2014, he was fined for ball tampering in a Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle, for which he was fined 75% of his match fees for breaching clause 42.1 of ICC.

• In April 2015, his name was dragged in the alleged quota controversy as after South Africa lost to New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup semi-final, South Africa's high-performance coach Mike Horn admitted that the team management was forced to select him in place of the in-form Kyle Abbott during the World Cup to meet the quota targets.
Favourite Things
Favourite Cricketers Batsman- Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist
Bowler- Glenn McGrath, Shaun Pollock
Favourite Food Pizza
Girls, Family & More
Marital Status Unmarried
Affairs/Girlfriends Mandy Hudson (Chartered Accountant)
Money Factor
Salary Not Known


Some Lesser Known Facts About Vernon Philander

  • Does Vernon Philander smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Vernon Philander drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Vernon was born into a humble family of a lower-income area on the Cape Flats.
  • He grew up with his three younger brothers and mother, in his grandparents’ home.
  • He started playing cricket at the age of 8.
  • At the age of 20, he gave his first autograph when he used to play for Cape Cobras.
  • He made his cricket debut on his 22nd birthday with a bang as he took 4/42 in an ODI against Ireland in Belfast in 2007.
  • It took him around 4 years to make into South Africa’s Test playing XI, and when he made it against Australia, where he single-handedly demolished the Australian batting line-up by taking his first 5-wicket haul.

  • In 2012, he won the SA Sportsman of the Year Award.
  • In 2013, he beat his teammate Dale Steyn to become the No.1 in the ICC Test bowlers ranking. 
  • The same year, he founded ‘Vernon Philander Foundation’, and also carries out a blanket drive every winter. 
  • He himself admits that his bowling style suits the new ball.
  • When he is off the cricket field, he can be seen playing golf more than most of the time. 
  • He is an avid dog lover.