Written by: Nick Tatham
De Swardt ready for the franchise challenge
Durban – One of the three out of province signings the Hollywoodbets
Dolphins have made in this off-season is the exciting Ruan de Swardt from
Northerns and the youngster is ready to make his mark on franchise cricket
De Swardt was born and bred in Pretoria, schooled at the prestigious
Affies before playing his semi-professional cricket for Northerns. The
change in scenery is a daunting challenge for the 22 year-old however he
is relishing it.
“I am very excited to start my life down in Durban even though it isn’t a
place that I am too familiar with,” De Swardt said.
“I spent a bit of time down with the guys a few weeks ago and I really
enjoyed the set up. It was an environment where you work really hard but
when you are away from cricket it is a very relaxed place.
“They guys were very welcoming and that’s always a good sign of a happy
De Swardt’s statistics at a semi-professional level are more than
impressive with a batting average of 55 in first-class cricket and 88 in
List-A cricket. Despite his obvious ability with the bat he wants to fill
a bigger role in the team.
“I want to take on that all-rounder role in the side. For me I want to be
the Ben Stokes of the South African team,” he emphasised.
“If I can pick up a yard of pace during the off-season then I will be in a
better place to be a strong all-rounder and I am looking forward to
working with Quinton Friend.
“Batting will be my main role and I would love to bat between four and six
in the order and then bowl whenever needed.”
His move to the Dolphins was never one that he contemplated but having
worked with Mduduzi Mbatha at Northerns the option of a move to the
Kingdom of the Zulu then became available.
“I never ever thought that I would be moving to the Dolphins to be honest
but after I got a call from Duzi (Mbatha), who was our coach at the U19
provincial week, he asked me if I would consider the move.
“Imraan (Khan) then got in touch with me and made me the offer. It was
then up to the Dolphins and the Titans to work it out from there.
“When it was confirmed I made the trip down to Durban and was encouraged
by the set-up there and that got me excited.
“I cannot wait to get going and I’m going to work as hard as I can when we
get underway with our pre-season,” he added in anticipation.
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