Interview of Cricket Fans – 137 – 🇿🇦

J – Thank you for your participation in this interview, firstly tell us your favourite stadium in South Africa.

My favourite stadium in South Africa is the beautiful and magnificent Newlands in my home town of Cape Town. It has magical views and when it is filled with people, it’s just a great experience to watch cricket there. Everyone should have the privilege to experience it.

J – What’s it like growing up in South Africa where cricket is one of the popular sport in the country?

Cricket in South Africa is very popular and loved by many passionate fans. As you know not everyone could enjoy the game for a long time because of Apartheid, a sad part of our history, which we will never forget and always strive to do better and never let something so terrible happen again. No fan should ever be barred from experiencing or watching this beautiful sport. Our fans are very vocal you can go to st George’s park the beautiful stadium in Gqeberha and hear the St George’s brass band play while the fans sing along, to the Wanderers and hang out, dance with the Gwijo squad or to Kingsmead where the fans know it’s going to rain but they stay and pray the game goes on haha that’s how loyal we are, so many things that make us unique and things to look forward to when you become a fan of South African cricket here.

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J – Tell us about South African cricket in the present scenario.

This is a hard one. South African cricket Internationally is going through a slump where we are not performing our best, certainly not what the world expects us to be. I think we have lost many of our big names and finding it hard to replace them, and we often expect so much from the newcomers that the pressure gets to them. I think we need to be given time and we will certainly be at our best again. Also, a lot of things happening behind the scenes which are a bit upsetting to talk about, hopefully, we can sort it out very soon.

J – Which are the upcoming young cricketers to watch out for?

My young cricketers to look out for ..I have many, but I’ll give you a few – Gerald Coetzee, Lifa Ntanzi, Ryan Rickleton, Lutho Sipamla, Sinethemba Qeshile, Raynard van Tonder, Kyle Verreynne and Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen. to name a few.

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J – Talking about upcoming cricketers, you had a debate with Harsha Bhogle on Twitter regarding this, can you tell us a bit about that?

Haha, my tweet to Harsha, didn’t expect a reply, but it quickly got many responses.

“At first, I thought of it as an attack on South Africa and my African heart immediately needed to defend, as would many.”

He feels we are not producing greats anymore, and I feel it’s too early to just suddenly decide that, our players have huge names to replace, I mean AB de Villiers is one of a kind and don’t think there will be another like him soon, but this is what happens, people expect us to be producing players like that now all the time, and I believe we can but we need time, we don’t have the chance like India to provide thousand of greats because basically the whole country plays cricket, here we have many sports like football and rugby that have competition too.

J – Where were you when that 438 game happened, And how did you celebrate that victory?

The infamous 438 game! What a day! what a game! I couldn’t get a ticket to the game because it was sold out way in advance but I flew up to Johannesburg anyway to see if there were any last-minute tickets but alas no, so I stayed anyway and enjoyed the pregame at the pubs around the Wanderers, bantering with Aussies fans was all good and fun. I watched the game at my brother’s house. A few of us did. I think when Austalia was batting, I thought no way could we get this score, I mean they had just broken the record, so I already felt dejected when we came to bat, we were braaiing (BBQing) and some of the family members decided to not fully pay attention to the game till Herschelle Gibbs was on about 85 runs and we wanted him to make his 100, then people started gathering in front of the TV again. Anyway, probably one of the most nerve-wracking final moments in a game, Ntini making that one run, we celebrated like we had won the World Cup, Haha, it was glorious, will never forget. Went out in the streets and drove around in the car with my Proteas and South African flag all around the Wanderers people were hooting and shouting celebrations. Great day.

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J – Is South Africa one of the toughest places to bat?

I think South Africa is one of the toughest places to bat and many batsmen tend to agree and have the bruises to prove it lol.

J – Favourite Dale Steyn memory?

Dale Steyn, my all-time favourite bowlers and the world’s best for me. 😉 His passion and love for the game just made me love cricket even more. Whenever he came on to bowl you just knew something was going to happen.

My favourite memories hmm so many to choose from!! Of course, Dale bowling an unplayable beauty of a delivery to Michael Vaughan, one of the balls of the century for me, his 7/51 against India in Nagpur, will never forget that magnificent bowling, then the Melbourne Test against Australia in 2008 when he bowled and batted beautifully, he got 10 wickets in the Test and 76 runs, which helped us win our first test series in Australia! Amazing to watch.

J – Your all-time South Africa XI?

My all-time South African Test team:

Graeme Smith
Gary Kirsten
Hashim Amla
Jacques Kallis
Ab de Villiers
Quinton De Kock
Shaun Pollock
Vernon Philander
Dale Steyn
Kagiso Rabada
Allan Donald

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