Vernon Darryl Philander was born on 24 June, 1985. He is a South African right-handed bowling all-rounder, he has previously represented his country at under 19 level. He plays for Cape Cobras in South African domestic cricket. Philander was chosen for the emerging players tournament in Australia, and took 3 for 30, as well as hitting 59 off 50 balls in the final against New Zealand A. South Africa would go on to win the tournament. Philander has played English county cricket, firstly for Middlesex in April & May 2008, Somerset in April & May 2012, and Kent in July 2013.
Philander made his ODI debut on his 22nd birthday, against Ireland at Belfast. He took 4 for 12, a match-winning performance. Philander enjoyed a tremendous start to his international career. On 9 November 2011, Philander made his Test debut anst Australia, and was awarded Man of the Match after taking 5–15 in Australia’s second innings, in which Australia was dismissed for 47, that country’s lowest completed test innings total since 1902. He was also Man of the Series, with 14 wickets at 13.92 and two five-wicket hauls across the two tests.
He has made several man of the match among which are during matches against Pakistan, West Indies and others.