22-year-old, six-time award-winning cricketer has been top of his game since representing South Africa at the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, as well as being ranked the number one bowler in the world in the ICC test rankings this year. He shares where it all started and his success tips.
What sparked your interest in sport, particularly cricket?
I was always active as a child so sport was a natural thing to do. I’ve also experienced that sport creates a lot of emotions in you, such as competitiveness, passion and the will to win. I chose cricket because I was the best at it.
How were you selected to be part of the national cricket team (The Proteas)?
It all started at school. I was fortunate to be part of the Under 19 Cricket world cup in 2014 and did well there. I then played for the Lions and had a good season. I got chosen to play for the T20 Squad that played in Australia as well as the for the ODI in Bangladesh. Recently I was chosen to be in the test team where we played in India.
Would you say you have you reached success?
I have reached some level of success but it’s never-ending. There is more to do, like improving my skills and discovering myself.
Do you see a long-term career in Cricket?
Definitely. I love it.
Apart from sport, what keeps you busy?
I love spending time with my friends and family, as well as listening to music and traveling.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Calm. Driven. Skilled.
Does being named the number one bowler in the world put pressure on you?
There is a bit of pressure, especially the hype, which I am not good at. But I am dealing with it by acknowledging it and not allowing myself to get caught up in it. But I want to challenge myself to stay there, so the pressure is from within.
What is your message for a young person who is striving to reach their goals?
You need to have a passion for what you are doing and know why you are doing it because loving what you is better than doing things pointlessly. You must also understand that not everything will go your way and that is where you need character as a person. Everything has a trick to it, you have to figure out what is limiting you and what you need to do to get to where you want to be. I also believe that it’s important to stay calm in your journey and when you reach success, enjoy your success.
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