DURBAN - HAVING three older brothers who loved and played provincial cricket for Natal, was the reason Elvis Govender dedicated his life to the gentleman's game.
Govender, 58, of Bayview, Chatsworth, said his fondest sporting memory was when he and his siblings represented the non-racial Natal team against Western Province in an inter-provincial match at Cape Town's Athlone Stadium in 1980.
“We, unfortunately, lost the game but having all of us play together meant the world to me. From playing in our backyard, we went on to represent the province at such a high level. Growing up, we never thought this would be possible."
His brothers are Krish (now 67), Stanley (60), and Raymond (passed away at age 55).
Govender said he started playing the sport at age 11 in Bayview and a few months later, he become a scorekeeper for the Chatsworth United cricket team.