Written by: Nick Tatham
Career evolution at the heart of Baartman move
Durban – Standout fast bowler Ottniel Baartman is ready to pack his bags
for his big move from the VKB Knights to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins with
an eye on pushing his cricketing career to the next level, and using the
depth of medical and conditioning expertise at the Durban franchise to
prepare himself for the season ahead.
The bowler who hails from Oudtshoorn originally impressed in the Momentum
One Day Cup for the Knights this season and caught the attention of
Hollywoodbets Dolphins coach Imraan Khan who asked whether the 27 year-old
wanted to make the change to the Dolphins.
“When I got the call I knew it was a big decision, given how far away from
home Durban is,” Baartman said.
“I gave it some thought but I knew that it was something that I had to do.
If I wanted to push my career further I needed a change and I am looking
forward to making the move to Durban once this lockdown is finished.
“The decision to move is part of a bigger plan for me and my girlfriend
Baartman is excited by the change in scenery and is hoping to make the
most of having a test venue as his home ground.
“It’s massive that I will be able to play my cricket at Hollywoodbets
Kingsmead Stadium, it’s one of the best grounds in the country and the
conditions are very different to what I am used to.
“The wicket will offer something very different and I know that it will be
a good test of my skills.
“It’s important that I can bowl in all conditions so to be able to learn
new skills in Durban will be crucial for me going forward.”
Despite the distance from home, Baartman is comfortable that he will fit
in well in the Dolphins environment.
“I know a lot of the guys because I have played against them for many
years,” he added.
“Keshav (Maharaj) has already phoned me and welcomed me into the franchise
which was great and I know just can’t wait to get going again.”
Baartman is currently working his way back from injury so the offseason
couldn’t have come at a better time for him. He is confident that he will
be fit and firing when the season starts.
“I have struggled with injuries recently but the management team at the
Dolphins have already got me on a rehabilitation programme.
“I will also be coming to Durban as soon as possible to continue my rehab
with the conditioning staff,” he added.
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Knights seamer Ottniel Baartman is excited to make Durban home and the
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