With two centuries at the 2011 World Cup, including an exhilarating 119 that almost stunned England, Ryan ten Doeschate established himself as one of the finest players the non-Test world has ever produced. Reflecting his dominance, he won the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year Award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Born in South Africa, ten Doeschate cites Jonty Rhodes as his hero, and has played for Western Province. He is of Dutch descent, though, enabling him to qualify under the European Citizenship law to play county cricket. With his huge hitting, skiddy bowling and big smile, he soon became a cult figure at Essex, where he has played for a decade.
The rise in Twenty20 leagues around the world have come at a particularly good time for ten Doeschate. His combination of belligerent hitting, particularly to the leg side, and canny medium-pace have earned lucrative contracts not only in the IPL but also in Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe. But after the 2011 World Cup, ten Doeschate appeared to lose interest in playing for the Netherlands, missing the 2012 and 2014 World Twenty20s.