The KwaZulu-Natal Inland top-order batsman Kyle Nipper says being a new father has helped him to become a better cricketer and that’s why he has begun his individual season on a high.The 30-year-old left-handed batsman welcomed his daughter, Tenley Joy, into the world three weeks ago.And this past weekend, Nipper was probably the best player for Inland in their otherwise unsuccessful Africa T20 Cup.Against Uganda, the Pietermaritzburg player scored 77 runs from 45 balls and then scored 67 from 46 balls in the derby against KZN Inland on Sunday to finish the T20 Cup as Inland’s leading run scorer.“Being a father has been good, it gives me a new perspective on cricket. It has made me realise it is just a game and I have bigger and better things to go home to now,” said Nipper.“I’m playing without fear now because I know I can go home to be with her afterwards and now whenever I play, I want to make her proud.”Nipper is happy with the way he started the season, but he would have been much happier if his exploits had been enough to guide the Pietermaritzburg-based outfit to the semi-finals of the T20 Cup title.Going into this year’s edition of the competition a lot was expected from Nipper and his team-mates as they were the defending champions.“I think we let ourselves down, we didn’t step up to the plate and weren’t our best. And it’s always hard being the defending champions because everyone wants to beat you, but ja, it’s one of those things,” said Nipper.“It’s always nice to get a few runs, but it’s bittersweet that the team didn’t win. I would much rather us winning games than me not scoring than it being the other way around.”For their first match in the CSA Three-day Series this season, Inland will travel to Johannesburg to play Gauteng on October 4. On October 7 they will play Gauteng again in the CSA Provincial One-day Challenge.