Proteas debut ‘closer than ever’ for patient Zondo

2017-09-07 14:34
Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo.

Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo. (File)

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Though some believe that Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo should have made his Proteas debut a while ago, the 27-year-old all-rounder is patiently waiting for his big chance and reckons it closer than ever.

Two years ago, Zondo came close to realising his childhood dream of representing his country when he toured India with South Africa.

However, the tour ended being nothing but a heartache for the player as he was overlooked when the opportunity for him to get his first cap presented itself.

The chance came after JP Duminy sustained a hand injury, but instead of handing Zondo his international debut, selectors flew up Test opener Dean Elgar from South Africa and fixed him in the ODI team.

That saw Proteas selectors coming under a lot of criticism and a letter about players of colour not getting the opportunity was written to Cricket South Africa.

Despite all of that, Zondo has not given up hope that one day he will don the Proteas colours with pride.

Former batsman Ashwell Prince was the latest person to question the decision to not include Zondo for the Proteas’ recent England tour.

“It’s nice to know that people believe in me, sometimes it’s nice to have someone say that about you, but from my side, I just think that God’s timing is perfect,” said Zondo this week.

“I will allow Him to make it happen. I believe it’s close, I just have to keep performing and the gap will open up and when it does I will be in there.

“I hope when it happens it will be a long-standing one, not in and out, like the last time. That’s my attitude on it.”
Despite the Dolphins ending the season without silverware in their previous campaign, Zondo had a great season ona personal level.

He recently returned from representing the SA A team that played against England and India.

“I’m just looking to be the better cricketer than I am at the moment. I will make sure I keep growing at every single opportunity I get to train, play games,” he said.

“My aim is to keep learning because that’s the one consistent thing the best players in the world are doing out there, they never stay stagnant in their growth as players.

“To be in the SA A squad was obviously a privilege. It was nice to get rewarded for a good season I had and the opportunity to contend for a spot in the national team.”

Meanwhile, the Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal team get their Africa T20 Cup competition under way from tomorrow against Northern Cape, before playing Free State on Saturday and then ending their Pool C matches against Kenya in Kimberley.

Next weekend, the KZN Inland team will play in Pool D against Border, Boland and Zimbabwe in East London.

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