“It is good motivation batting against Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier, letting them raise your standards as well, it is just good for the game overall. Us young guys getting the exposure to play against international cricketers, “those are the words of Janneman Malan who scored 99* against a quality Jozi Stars bowling attack at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday evening.

The 23-year-old Malan narrowly missed out on a what would have been a well-constructed century against the defending champions, Stars but praised both the batting and bowling unit of Cape Town Blitz for their outstanding effort which ensured that they get their Mzansi Super League campaign off to a perfect start with a 15-run victory over the Stars.

“All the batters around me did their part, taking the pressure of all the big hitters so I could get each of them in, getting singles; I build my innings like that. It is tough defending on this wicket but our bowlers especially Dale Steyn (3/25) deserves a mention, getting 3 wickets for not for many, great effort from him, his experience showing through. Sisanda Magala (1/36) came back well, he started well and then he took two very important catches, “ said Malan.

The opening batsman has ambitious of playing for the Proteas and said that he is aware that to play at international level he must be able to deal with most situations and pressures that come with being a batsman in order to be successful.

Being able to adjust to different playing conditions is an important trait that all quality batsmen have. “We are going to play all the conditions as we get them , I think most teams, especially the batsmen love coming to the Wanderers, lots of runs to be heard, it was a good wicket, we have a well-balanced side to counter different playing conditions, some big hitters, some good skillful bowlers. Quick bowlers and good spin bowlers taking it away and some into the right-handers we have got it all covered but everybody still needs to do their part, “concluded Malan

Kass Naidoo of SABC Sport with Man of the match, Janneman Malan for his well-constructed innings of 99 not out against the Jozi Stars. Photo by Sipokazi Sokanyile.


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