KZN BREEDS CRICKET STARS
By: Michelle Harripersadth
From a young age Nashen Govender has aspired to be one of the best cricket players in Durban. At the tender age of six, he began sleeping with his cricket bats in his bed and dreaming of being one of the best cricketers in Durban and after years of training and playing for sporting clubs he finally gets to live his dream.
The talented 23-year-old had an early introduction to a sport that he refers to as a passion rather than a career. “I realized that cricket was a passion of mine from a young age. I realized it when I use to wake up at 5 o clock in the morning just to watch cricket. My family realized that I also had a passion for it when I use to sleep with cricket bats in my bed,” said Govender.
He began playing cricket at Baker’s Mini cricket and from there he gradually went on to play for school teams in primary school and high school. After he finished school, he joined the Chatsworth Sporting Club and thereafter he went into the Dolphins Academy and worked his way through to the KZN Amateur Team and eventually getting into the Dolphins Sun Foil main team.
When asked about the training process while working with the Dolphins Govender said, “It is extremely intense not only on the field but also of. To become a cricket player you have to be disciplined with regards to eating and also you have to sacrifice a lot of things and live a healthy lifestyle. The training process fitness wise is very intense there are a lot of gym work and a lot of hours running.”
Like many sport fans out there, Govender’s favorite cricket player is Sashen Tanduka. “From the time I was young I use to follow him and admire how he carried himself and I tried to emulate that type of stature that he has on the field as well as of the field,” added Govender.
No doubt, every athlete has their highs and lows in their careers. It is important to remember that you are probably going to fail more than you are going to succeed. One of the main challenges you are going to face is trying to pick yourself up after failing and continuing to persevere.
“If you have a passion and drive for it (sport) make sure you stick to it and believe in your dream but more importantly believe in yourself. All I can say is if you persevere and believe in yourself you can achieve anything,” advised Govender.