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


Full NameVernon Darryl Philander
NicknamePro, V-Dawg, Big Vern
ProfessionCricketer (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 ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
International DebutODI- 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 TeamCape Cobras, Devon, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kent, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, South Africa A, South Western Districts, Western Province
Favourite BallOutswinger
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 PointHis 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 Birth24 June 1985
Age (as in 2017)32 Years
Birth PlaceRavensmead, Parow, Western Cape, South Africa
Zodiac sign/Sun signCancer
HometownRavensmead, Parow, Western Cape, South Africa
SchoolWebner Street Primary School, Ravensmead
Ravensmead Secondary School, Ravensmead
Educational QualificationsHigh School
FamilyFather- Not Known
Mother- Bonny Philander (Duty Manager)

Brothers- Tyron Philander, Brandon Philander, Darryl Philander
Sister- N/A
Coach/MentorHannes Adams
AddressA bungalow at 7de Laan, Cape Town
HobbiesPlaying golf
Controversies• In July 2014, he was fined for ball tampering in a Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle in July 2014, 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 quota targets.
Favourite Things
Favourite CricketersBatsman- Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist
Bowler- Glenn McGrath, Shaun Pollock
Favourite FoodPizza
Girls, Family & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsMandy Hudson (Chartered Accountant)
Money Factor
SalaryNot Known
Net WorthNot 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 2012.
  • 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.