Cape Town: Cronje's admission of guilt in the match fixing scandal in 2000 had shocked the entire cricketing fraternity. The entire world watched as he broke down during the Kings commission enquiry.
Seven years later a lot has changed but the trauma still remains. Cronje is no more but his elder brother Frans is making a movie on his life.
“When Hansie was still alive, I used to tell him we need to make a documentary or write a book about his life because he went through so many ups and downs that it would be a pity not to record it. But he used to say ‘how can we write a story before it’s finished?’ The day he died, the story was finished,” said Hansie Cronje's brother, Frans Cronje.
The film on Cronje will be based on the best selling biography The Hansie Cronje Story which was released in 2005.
Such was the rush that it beat even Harry Potter enroute to top of the charts. The film will follow the script going from South Africa to India where the seeds of corruption were first sowed.
“We are hoping to film most of it in South Africa but hoping to film a big part of it in Calcutta, Mumbai and other Indian cities. It will be a film on Hansie’s inner journey,” said Frans.
There's still a lot of interest in Cronje four years after his death. Many still want to know why he did it. After all, he was a man who led South Africa to 27 test wins of his 53 in charge.
(With inputs from Digvijay Singh Deo)