The Proteas have already captured the imaginations of South Africans with their exciting play in recent weeks, now they’re capturing hearts with a video showing team members, including captains Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers, surprising a young fan at his home in Southfields, Cape Town.
Kieron Adam, who plays for his under-11 cricket team, says Amla is his favourite player, “because he is humble and the way he bats”.
The moment the boy walks into his living room to find his heroes waiting for him to arrive brings a lump to the throat – and it only gets better from there.
Asked for advice to improve the team’s bowling, Kieron suggests: “When you’re bowling maybe wide, or short, or no balls and you’re getting hit to the boundary, maybe just slow down so you can get your rhythm and your line back and then once you’ve got that then you start getting your pace up again.”
The players nod seriously before commending him on his great advice. It’s a truly heartwarming video and one that deserves watching. (We recommend repeat viewing.)
As the team prepares for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month, here’s hoping Kieron’s advice can help the Proteas bring the trophy home.
Watch the video:
– Featured image: Screenshot from Cricket SA video, via YouTube.