Fast bowler Daryn Dupavillon was definitely not expecting to be in the Proteas XI for Sunday’s third and final ODI against Australia at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
Dupavillon was added to the squad as cover for the rested Lungi Ngidi and ill Beuran Hendricks a day prior and ultimately named in the XI.
The Dolphins seamer snared the key wicket of opener Aaron Finch, as the Proteas won the match and completed a 3-0 series whitewash over the Australians.
‘I don’t normally get those types of wickets but I will definitely take it, that’s for sure. It was an incredible experience for me. The guys were really good to me and made me feel very comfortable throughout my time there,’ said Dupavillon.
‘I was pretty nervous for my first over, but fortunately the experience that was around me helped calm me down and after I bowled the first over I started to get more comfortable.
‘Fortunately for me, I have been able to play consistent cricket for the last two years, but this call-up came as a complete shock to be honest.
‘I have been there or thereabouts in the Dolphins side at the moment, so to be given a chance to play for South Africa has been very special.
‘It’s a dream come true for me. I honestly felt that it was a lot further away than it actually was, which is probably why the selection came as such a shock.’
The 25-year-old right-armer was not included in the squad for this month’s three ODIs in India. The series opener will be played in Dharamsala on Thursday.
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