Vernon Philander is a retired South African cricketer. He was a bowling all-rounder who bowled right-arm medium-pace and batted right-handed. He was one of the finest bowlers of South Africa in the Test format predominantly, especially in their home conditions. He was born on 24 June 1985 in Bellville, South Africa. He was nicknamed “The Surgeon” for his ability to bowl precise line and lengths in Test matches. He started playing for South Africa in 2007 and retired recently, in early 2020.