Wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile has expressed gratitude to friends and family – and hailed former Proteas captain AB de Villiers as a boyhood hero.
Qeshile has been named in the Proteas’ squad for the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka – and will likely debut in the second fixture at SuperSport Park in Centurion, or third at the Wanderers in Johannesburg this week.
‘Family-wise‚ I looked up to my mom because she has always been supportive of my dreams. I also speak to a lot of friends in the Warriors team,’ said Qeshile.
‘Growing up, I looked up to AB. I liked the way he played. He was always calm around the crease and he played very well under pressure.
‘I would like to achieve big things for myself in the game, but it will obviously take some time to develop my game. It will take a few seasons to get there.
‘Having said that‚ there is still a lot of hard work ahead. But at the moment I just want to stay in the present and focus on what is in front of me. I am sure results will follow.’
The 20-year-old has effectively earned inclusion in the international fold on the back of a superb stretch of form for the Warriors at franchise level. The talented right-hander proved particularly impressive en route to 121 not out and 88 against the Lions and Titans respectively in the One-Day Cup earlier this month.
‘Obviously it would be a huge honour and privilege to play for my country. I would know that the work of the past few years has actually paid off,’ he added.
‘I started my first franchise season last year. I have really enjoyed it and my intention is to take things simple going forward.’