A heartwarming video of a 12-year-old boy meeting his cricket heroes has already been watched more than 230,000 times on YouTube. RAâ€
Kieron Adams has played cricket since he was four years old. Last month his dream came true when he came home to find Proteas cricketers Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, and AB de VilliersÂ sitting in his lounge.
Kieron had entered a competition to meet his favourite cricketers before the cricket World Cup. To win, he wrote an essay on his favourite cricketer, Hashim Amla, submitted a photograph of himself in his Western Province cricket colours, and wowed the judges with a video audition.
Kieron lights up as he talks about Amla. South Africaâ€
â€œI wrote about how he will always put his family above his life,â€ Kieron says, â€œHeâ€
â€œWatching the team helps me to think that I must stay humble, keep my feet on the ground, and just enjoy the game and not put so much pressure on myself,â€ Kieron says.
The Proteas are currently in New Zealand and Australia for the cricket World Cup. On Sunday, the team will play India, who Kieron believes are one of the strongest contenders in this yearâ€
On a Sunday morning in Cape Town, Kieron is trying to improve his own bowling. His face falls as the wind disrupts his delivery. But he tries again, as his parents watch on, encouragingly.
Kieron is at the top of his class in academics and plays for his primary schoolâ€
His meeting with the Proteas has gone viral on YouTube, drawing a wave of public attention. But Kieron has kept his cool.
A cricket and rugby fan, he hopes to play for the Cape Cobras or the Stormers before becoming a sports physiotherapist.
â€œI love rugby just as much as cricket, but I canâ€
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