The Proteas have already captured the imaginations of South Africans with their exciting play in recent weeks, now theyâ€™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 hisÂ under-11 cricket team, says Amla is his favourite player, â€œbecause he is humble and the way he batsâ€.
The moment the boy walks into his living room to find his heroes waiting for him to arrive brings a lump to the throat â€“ and it only gets better from there.
Asked for advice to improve the teamâ€™s bowling, Kieron suggests: â€œWhen youâ€™re bowling maybe wide, or short, or no balls and youâ€™re getting hit to the boundary, maybe just slow down so you can get your rhythm and your line back and then once youâ€™ve got that then you start getting your pace up again.â€
The players nod seriously before commending him on his great advice. Itâ€™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 Kieronâ€™s advice can help the Proteas bring the trophy home.
Watch the video:
– Featured image: Screenshot from Cricket SA video, via YouTube.