Lerato lives for cricket

2012-04-28 18:26

Limpopo, unlike the Australian outback states that have produced some legendary cricketers, is more known for its oppressively hot weather, Moria and Julius Malema. It’s less well known for its cricket.

But Lerato Malekutu, the Proteas’ media officer, hails from Tzaneen, a town not really known for its cricket.

She has close ties with the sport, having represented Limpopo in cricket as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper.

She also went to Hoërskool Merensky, Dale Steyn’s alma mater. Malekutu said Steyn never looked like he’d make the Proteas, but he was always quick.

“Dale was your normal guy who played cricket. He was pretty quick and played with my brother but he showed no indication that he would play for the Proteas,” said Malekutu of the “Phalaborwa Express”.

Her passion for the game is what led her to where she is now. She confesses that she has always wanted to be a cricket writer.

Malekutu was identified by former Cricket South Africa marketing manager Kass Naidoo while she was watching a match at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Naidoo was a major influence on her and played a big role in helping her adjust in this male-dominated sport.

Malekutu says that her impressive knowledge of cricket, such as the game’s statistics and history, was necessary for her to make it in such a much-loved sport.

“Cricket is a male-dominated environment and I have always been interested in the sport. I was keen to learn more about it,” she said.

“Kass helped me realise my dreams by putting my mind on the right track.”

She added: “You have to know your sport so that people can see that you know what you are talking about.”

Malekutu has done a level-two coaching course to broaden her knowledge of the game.

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