• How incredible Klaasen raised his game

    Heinrich Klaasen’s last 12 months have been out of this world.

    Durban’s Super Giants’ superstar was named SA20 Player of the Season and Batsman of the Season after Saturday’s final at Newlands.

    It bookmarked an extraordinary period for Klaasen that began in the inaugural SA20.

    Klaasen lit up Centurion with a sparkling ton that season, before heading off to the IPL where he repeated the act for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    There was three peat when Klaasen struck another century in The Hundred to showcase his ability across all conditions.

    But he was not done yet. Klaasen built up to the ODI World Cup in India last year with an astonishing 174 off 83 balls against Australia in India before exploding in Mumbai with another rollicking 67-ball 109 against England.

    Klaasen’s purple patch continued in this season’s SA20 where he bludgeoned the opposition’s bowlers to all parts of the six venues around the country, as he finished with 447 runs at a strike-rate of 207.90.

    The consistency of Klaasen’s striking, which yielded a record-breaking 37 sixes, has been incredible and he attributes his success to the hard work behind the scenes.

    “The swing has been good the past couple of years. I think better decision-making and execution has helped me. It helps when you execute the right plan you have in mind. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am at this moment but I am also in a good space mentally.”

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    Although Klaasen was unable to power DSG to their maiden SA20 title, the 32-year-old was pleased with the team’s overall performance.

    “It’s nice to perform, but it’s only worth it when your team gets over the line, otherwise the performance means nothing to me. It is a little bit disappointing, but there’s more important things in life than winning trophies. It has been a good tournament, our guys played fantastically, but the better team won on the day.

    “The boys have been fantastic, together with the coaches, and supporting staff, it’s a thankless job. We can’t ask for a better tournament in South Africa. The SA20 is up there with the world’s best.”

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