Zondo out to build on 2021/22 success
Durban - After a season to remember that included a test debut,
Hollywoodbets Dolphins star Khaya Zondo is eager to improve on his past
season that saw him win the Player of the Year and coveted Players' Player
of the Year awards at the Dolphins end of season awards.
Zondo contributed across the board for the Dolphins last season but has
been at the forefront of the team's success for many seasons having joined
the union after leaving Westville Boys' High School nearly fifteen years
His introduction to test cricket was an unusual one when he replaced SJ
Erwee, after Erwee contracted Covid-19, in Qheberha on day four and only
fielded as the Proteas thrashed Bangladesh that day by 332 runs.
His day would come on the tour of England where he played his first full
test match against the English at the Oval in what was to be a memorable
test following the passing of the Queen. Zondo made contributions in both
innings despite the Proteas falling to defeat in both the test and the
To finally get a full taste of the test match atmosphere has left the
32-year-old wanting more.
"Just having that experience of batting in a test match in England was big
for me," Zondo said. "I enjoyed the challenge and when you go through
those conditions against those types of bowlers you get that feeling that
you can handle yourself at this level.
"It's just a matter of being able to get the experience and learn the
tricks of the trade at that level which is key but that only comes with
opportunity, but performances as well.
"You think to yourself that this is where you want to play your cricket
and where you want to retire. You want to get as much game time and as
much experience at that level."
Just reflecting on the match at the Oval, Zondo was conscious of taking it
"We were facing Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, two of the greatest fast
bowlers ever, and it doesn't really get better than that when it comes to
Zondo took home the two biggest awards at the recent Dolphins awards,
however, to be honoured by his team-mates was the biggest prize.
"The Players' Player of the Year is a nice one to win because it's voted
for by people that you work with every day. People that you go through
highs and lows with and it's nice to get that recognition from them.
"You share a lot of your time and experiences with your colleagues.”
"For them to give me this award is an honour and I really appreciate it,"
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins begin their season with the CSA T20 Challenge
at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom starting on Monday, 17 October.
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Khaya Zondo (right) poses with CEO of the KZN Cricket Union Heinrich
Strydom (left) with the two awards that Zondo won at the recent Dolphins
Awards ceremony at the Wild Coast Sun.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins star
Khaya Zondo (right) received his test cap from a fellow Dolphin Keshav
Maharaj (left) at St George's Park in Gqeberha earlier this year.
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