DANE PIEDT MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
By: Bhekumndeni Kunene
After a hugely successful Sunfoil Series, off-spinner Danie Piedt announced his arrival in test cricket with a match-winning performance against Zimbabwe.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras off-spinner made his first-class debut in 2010 against Eastern Province.
He made a good impression with three wickets in the first innings.
Four years later, he was the leading wicket-taker in the Sunfoil Series with 45 wickets at an average of 19.93.
He was selected to the Proteas test team and made his test debut against Zimbabwe.
The 24-year-old says that test cricket has always been his dream and he was overwhelmed by the experience on his test debut when he took four wickets in each innings to be named man of the match.
“It is a dream come true for me. I have been dreaming about this since I was five years old and it was a really special time for me,” he said.
The Capetonian says that there are a few cricketers that inspired him to become a cricketer and all of them are slow-bowlers.
“From when I was ten years old I have been watching former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq to see what he does. I also watched Greame Swann a lot, especially what he does with the crease. I have always just tried to pick up tips from a lot of people while growing up,” he added.
Piedt draws inspiration from his parents whom he says are very supportive of him and are very proud of him.
“My parents are so proud and happy for me. My mom especially, was so emotional when I made my test debut. They travelled to Sri Lanka with the hope that I would make my debut there but that did not happen on that tour. When it finally happened against Zimbabwe, they were quite emotional,” he said.
He says that he was ecstatic when coach Russell Domingo told him that he would be making his test debut.
“It was a humbling experience and fortunately for me, I had a dream debut. Most importantly we won the test match. If the team wins, I am happy,” he remarked.
The man nicknamed ‘Dayno’ heaped praise on former Proteas spinner and his current Cape Cobras mentor, Paul Adams.
“There have been a lot of people who have played a role in my career but Paul Adams has shaped me into the cricketer I am today. He has been a great mentor and role model,” he concluded.
Piedt says that he is not looking too far ahead but he will be hoping to make a positive contribution whenever he is called to the team.
He also promised to always give his best whenever he puts on the green and gold.