Rilee Rossouw is a left-handed top-order batsman.
He was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa and has represented his country in 51 limited-overs matches since making his debut in 2014. Rossouw began his career at domestic side, Free State and was considered a promising young talent when selected to feature in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup for his home nation.
He was quick to impress upon his return, featuring for the Knights franchise where he topped the side’s run-scoring totals in the 2008-09 season. The following year was better still, as he led the first-class run-scoring totals with 1189 runs at an average of 66.05.
His sensational domestic form continued for the following three seasons which earned him regular appearances for South Africa A and his ability with the bat in the limited-overs formats also saw him snapped up by the IPL’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014.
The same year saw him included in South Africa’s ODI squad for their series’ against Zimbabwe and Australia and he was also rewarded with an IT20 debut, against Australia in which he scored a blistering 78. Just two months later, Rossouw notched his first International century, hitting an excellent 128 from just 115 balls against West Indies before also featuring in the ICC World Cup in six fixtures.
In January 2017 it was announced that Rossouw had signed for Hampshire on a three-year deal, and the batsman made an immediate impact, smashing 156 against Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup. The batsman also opened the batting alongside James Vince in that year's T20 Blast, scoring 451 runs in the format, but his season was cut short after fracturing his finger in August.
Rossouw made key contributions in all formats during his second season with the Club in 2018, but his destructive batting ability proved most crucial in the One-Day Cup as the left-hander's superb century in the Lord's final - his second hundred of the competition - helped secure the club's first major trophy in six years.
The left-hander enjoyed another good campaign in 2019, totalling more than 1,100 runs across all formats, whilst his 388 runs at an average of 48.50 in the One-Day Cup proved to be vital in helping the side secure their place in a second successive 50-over final at Lord's.