Reeza Hendricks  © Getty Images (File Photo)
Reeza Hendricks © Getty Images (File Photo)

Reeza Hendricks, the 28-year old right-handed middle order batsman for South Africa who has represented them in 12 T20Is so far was satisfied with his hundred in his debut ODI match against Sri Lanka at Pallekele yesterday. He partnered well with experienced campaigners Hashim Amla and then JP Duminy to provide the foundation for South Africa’s big score of 363/7 in the allotted 50 overs.

He became the third South African to score a century on debut.

Player
Runs
BF 4s 6s SR Against Venue Year
CA Ingram 124 126 8 2 98.41 Zimbabwe Bloemfontein 2010
T Bavuma 113 123 13 1 91.86 Ireland Benoni 2016
RR Hendricks 102 89 8 1 114.6 Sri Lanka Pallekele 2018

“The conditions were very good, I thought the wicket played very similar to back home like we’re used to. To score a hundred on debut is something I never thought of, to be honest. It’s a really special and incredible feeling and more importantly, contributed to the team. It’s obviously special scoring a hundred on debut. It’s a start, hopefully, of many more,” Hendricks told the media after the game.

“I was quite fortunate to get the opportunity, like I said to contribute to the team. Going forward, hopefully I get a few more opportunities. Getting the opportunity is something I never thought of, going out and scoring a hundred. More importantly, I just wanted to go out, enjoy myself and contribute as well as I could. To get over the three figure mark was just an unexplainable feeling, it’s such an incredible feeling and I was over the moon,” he said about his knock of 102 off 89 deliveries.

“The build up to every game, I go about my training as well as I can, do what I can to know that I’m well prepared. If the opportunity arises I’m ready and I know I’ve done my work and I’m ready for the game,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks had positive words for his senior partners Amla and Duminy. “Our opening pair got us off to a good start although Quinny [Quinton de Kock] didn’t face as many balls. Walking in there and batting with Hashim Amla, the calm effect that he has made me relax and comfortable at the crease, and just allowed me to play my game. JP [Duminy] played an unbelievable knock. The last couple of games he’s been playing very well and for South Africa going forward, it’s good to see him playing that well, playing the way he is at the moment,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks feels that immaculate teamwork is behind the success of the South African team. “It’s massive, it’s great to be part of the team, especially winning the series. There’s still two games to come. Yes, we pretty much sealed it but still two important games for us,” he said.

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