A two-year contract worth $650 000 (about R6,3 million) a year to play for the leading Indian Premier League (IPL) team, the Rajasthan Royals, has extended the T20 playing career of East London allrounder Tyron Henderson.
"I was going to retire after playing for the Cape Cobras in 2007/08," Henderson admitted recently.
"Then I was offered a contract as a Kolpak player with Middlesex to play in their Twenty20 matches only.
"After that doors started opening for me," the 34-year-old said.
Henderson has represented Border, the Warriors, the Highveld Lions and the Cape Cobras over the past 11 years.
In the semifinal of the English Twenty20 competition last year Henderson smashed 59 off 21 balls with two fours and seven sixes in a hurricane innings that blew Durham out of contention. In Durham's team were four international bowlers who were battered to all parts of the ground - Steve Harmison and Liam Plunkett of England, Shaun Pollock of South Africa and Paul Wiseman of New Zealand.
He was the hero again in the final, smashing 43 off 33 balls off the Kent bowling and Middlesex took the trophy. Henderson then travelled to Antigua with Middlesex to participate in the lucrative Stanford Super Series and soon after he was in Hong Kong, playing for the All Stars team at the Hong Kong Sixes.
During this period he established himself as the top allrounder in Twenty20 cricket world-wide.
He was due to play in the Champions League last year, which had to be postponed due to bombings and other unrest in Mumbai.
Henderson has taken the most wickets, 74, in Twenty20 games worldwide, and his main ambition is to be the first cricketer to do the "double" - scoring more than 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in Twenty20 play. He has also hit the fourth-most sixes - 53 - and boasts a career strike rate of 152,07.
"I think I was the first to 1 000 runs and 50 wickets," Henderson said. - Sapa