Making runs in the quiet surrounds of Four-Day Franchise cricket and having to deal with the bright lights of the T20 stuff could be too much to be for an ordinary individual‚ but not for Sinethemba Qeshile.
But then again‚ the 19-year-old who came through the excellent cricket factory that is Hudson Park High School in East London lets his bat do all the talking for him.
While his last first-class game against the Knights last week didn’t bring rich pickings‚ he made 99 against the same side in Port Elizabeth late last month.
There’s also the significant matter of the Jozi Stars‚ the team Qeshile plays for in the Mzansi Super League‚ squaring up against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants on Saturday.
In an ideal world‚ Qeshile could and should be playing for the Port Elizabeth-based team. The nature of city-based T20 tournaments though means one becomes a cricketing backpacker.
That’s the least of Qeshile’s concerns as the young wicket-keeper/batsman is more about finding himself in a format he hasn’t played in at domestic level.
“Performing consistently is the main thing for me because I don’t believe in not performing consistently. I always strive for the best and that’s what I put down for myself‚” Qeshile said.
“I was really excited to be chosen to come to Johannesburg and represent the Jozi Stars. I actually went back home and told my parents that I made it. They were very proud and they actually told me that I’d make it very far in cricket.”
There’s a necessity for all six MSL sides to have rookies but the Stars seem to have a quick learner in Qeshile. The right-handed batsmen only made his First-Class and List A debuts for Border this year but has surged into the Warriors set-up.
Then again‚ he was a junior provincial batting mainstay for Border and Hudson Park.
Qeshile is all about preparation and being able to adapt quickly to the demands of a higher level of cricket.
“When you come into a different environment and experience‚ you learn to adapt quickly to the different demands as compared to the ones you were put into when you were coming out of school. It’s a totally different mindset and a different level. I think I’ve adapted quickly‚” he said.
“Preparing very well is the main key for me. Being able to identify different bowlers and their strengths and weaknesses is something that helped me through my processes and preparing for the games.”