“Unification just came too late for him, and if he was a present-day cricketer, he could have played at the highest level such was his class,” Kock said.
Beresford Williams, vice-president of Cricket South Africa and former president of WPCA, said Kleinveldt was an outstanding all-rounder who could change the course of an innings with his hard hitting and he could hit the ball harder and further than Rory Kleinveldt.
He was also a first-change bowler.
Johnny was a great character and personality, and a phenomenal cricketer. He was also a very good rugby player.
“He could move the ball both ways and formed a good partnership with the opening bowler Vincent Barnes for Victoria. Primrose was the principal club, but Victoria won the title in 1980/81 with Johnny in their squad. He was an outstanding fielder as well," said Mogamad Allie, renowned journalist and author of the publication, More than a game.
Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of WPCA, expressed his condolences to the family and former cricketing colleagues of Johnny Kleinveldt.
"Kleinveldt was of one of the true gentlemen and spirited cricketers of his generation. The whole WPCA is united in grief over the loss of a cricketing giant," said Dien.
“He would have been very proud of Matthew’s performances as leading run-scorer in both formats this past season and would have only praise for Rory’s white-ball skills,” Dien added.
"The funeral arrangements will be finalized shortly," Dien said.