Grant Roelofsen knocking on Proteas door
Grant Roelofsen from the Dolphins is no doubt one of the rising stars in South African domestic cricket.
After showing signs of brilliance for the KZN based franchise in the four day franchise series, the 23-year-old has transferred his form to the Momentum One Day Cup. The Dolphins will be looking to record yet another win when they face off against the Titans at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Thursday afternoon.
Roelofsen is currently second on the top scorers list in the competition with 412 runs at an average of 82.40 and is behind only Zubayr Hamza of the Cape Cobras who has played a game more. From his six innings so far, Roelofsen has managed one century which was a match winning innings of 147 not out in the reverse fixture against the Titans at Centurion last month. He has also managed a further three half-centuries.
Roelofsen's performances so far have been a key part in the Dolphins impressive wins this season. Imraan Khan's side have been the dominant side in the One Day Cup so far and enter into their gave against the Titans having won five out of their six games to date in dominant fashion.
With batting looking to be a concern for the Proteas, Roelofsen will certainly be one that will be knocking on the door for national team selection if he can maintain the same level of consistency throughout the rest of the season.
He has been one of two stand-out performers for the Dolphins in the One Day Cup so far with the other being captain Keshav Maharaj.
South Africa's premier test spin bowler has highlighted his white ball credentials in the One Day Cup and is currently the joint top wicket-taker in the competition with 13 scalps along with breakout star Thando Ntini of the Cape Cobras who has played a game more.
Heading into the game against the Titans, the Dolphins skipper took a considered view.
"We don't feel pressure. We keep reminding ourselves that every game is a new game and we are starting the competition from zero. It is a confidence boost being at the top of the log but we can't take anything granted going forward in this competition"
"We know that the Titans have experience and a good batting lineup. That is the aspect that we have to look towards counterattacking. We also have a good blend of experience in the various facets. It will be a good contest.
"On a personal level, I am happy with the start and glad to be contributing to the team. I have worked hard and am glad that my rewards are helping the team out. We need match winners in our team and we have a squad of 15 match-winners. At any given time, anyone can put their hand up and take us over the line.@EshlinV