Andile Phehlukwayo was born on March 24, 1994, in Durban, South Africa. He is the son of former South African cricketer Mpho Phehlukwayo, who played 67 ODIs and 15 Tests for the Proteas. Andile has two siblings, an older brother named Mpho Jr. and a younger sister named Thandeka.
Phehlukwayo grew up in the Durban suburb of Wentworth, a predominantly Indian community. He attended Wentworth Secondary School, where he excelled in both cricket and rugby. After graduating from high school, Phehlukwayo enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he studied sports science.
Phehlukwayo is a private person and does not share much about his personal life with the public. However, it is known that he is a devout Christian and that he is passionate about helping others. In 2018, Phehlukwayo launched the Andile Phehlukwayo Foundation, which aims to provide support and opportunities to underprivileged youth in South Africa.
Phehlukwayo began playing cricket at a young age and quickly showed his promise. He made his first-class debut for KwaZulu-Natal at the age of 18 and was soon selected to play for the South Africa Under-19 team. In 2014, Phehlukwayo was part of the South African team that won the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Phehlukwayo made his international debut for South Africa in an ODI against England in January 2016. He took one wicket in the match and scored 16 runs. Phehlukwayo made his T20I debut for South Africa against England in February 2016. He took one wicket in the match and scored 12 runs.
Phehlukwayo has played 72 ODIs for South Africa, taking 91 wickets and scoring 1034 runs. His best bowling figures in ODIs are 6/42, which he achieved against Sri Lanka in March 2017. His highest score in ODIs is 73, which he scored against Sri Lanka in February 2021.
Phehlukwayo has played 62 T20Is for South Africa, taking 65 wickets and scoring 322 runs. His best bowling figures in T20Is are 5/24, which he achieved against Bangladesh in September 2019. His highest score in T20Is is 34*, which he scored against England in February 2016.
Phehlukwayo has played five Tests for South Africa, taking 14 wickets and scoring 134 runs. His best bowling figures in Tests are 4/112, which he achieved against India in January 2018. His highest score in Tests is 53, which he scored against India in January 2018.
Phehlukwayo is the only South African player to have taken a five-wicket haul in all three formats of international cricket. He is also the only South African player to have scored a half-century in all three formats of international cricket.
Phehlukwayo was named the Cricket South Africa Emerging Player of the Year in 2017. He was also named the South African Cricket Annual Player of the Year in 2021.
Phehlukwayo has captained the South African T20I team on two occasions. He was first named captain for the T20I series against England in February 2023. He was then named captain for the T20I series against India in April 2023.
Phehlukwayo has been involved in a few controversies during his career. In 2017, he was fined by Cricket South Africa for making a homophobic gesture on the field. In 2019, he was banned for four matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for bowling two beamers in a T20I match against Sri Lanka.
Andile Phehlukwayo is one of the most exciting all-rounders in world cricket. He is a skilled bowler and a powerful batsman. He is also a dynamic fielder and a great team player. Phehlukwayo is still only 28 years old and has the potential to be a superstar of the game for many years to come.