CODY CHETTY HELPING THE DOLPHINS GET THEIR GROOVE BACK
By: Bhekumndeni Kunene
The Sunfoil Dolphins had a good campaign last time out, winning the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
They went on to finish third on the log in the Sunfoil Series.
Cody Chetty was one of their success stories last season.
The Chatsworth born right-hander made his debut for the Durban-based franchise in 2011.
After a stuttering start, he finally came into his own in the Momentum One Day Cup at the beginning of the last season. He was the Dolphins’ second highest run-getter with 290 runs.
He also featured in two century partnerships, 118 runs for the fourth wicket with Vaughan van Jaarsveld and 110 for the sixth with Khaya Zondo. He was at his destructive best in the T20 triumph and his form has continued in the Sunfoil Series.
“My ultimate goal is to play for South Africa at test level but I am not putting pressure on myself. I just need to keep playing well and keep making runs for the Dolphins,” said the former SA U19 player.
With the form he has been showing, it is not hard to imagine him playing test cricket soon.
He recently demonstrated his skills with 120 runs in the Sunfoil Series match against the Chevrolet Warriors in East London.
His good form did not go unnoticed by the selectors when he was selected for the South Africa A squad to tour Australia.
He says that it is every cricketer’s dream to play test cricket and that is the format he cherishes most.
Winning the Ram Slam T20 Cup means that the Dolphins will compete in the lucrative Champions League in September and it is something that Chetty and his teammates are looking forward to.
“The best thing about the Champions League is opportunity and exposure- to me opportunity is everything. If we play well enough, there are doors that might open up,” he added.
His team mates hold him in very high regard too.
“He is a hard-working young player, he has a very bright future and fun to be around,” said Craig Alexander.
The 22-year-old Glenwood old boy is also studying Tourism Management through Unisa and hopes to finish his degree soon. He loves the beach too and does not see himself leaving Durban anytime soon.