DP World Lions have appointed legendary former Proteas Women’s player Trisha Chetty as their High-performance wicket-keeping coach to the DP World Lions Women’s team, where she will be looking to add value to the lives of players from pipeline to professional, both on and off the field.
The 35-year-old made 138 appearances in One-Day Internationals along with 82 T20 appearances for the Proteas, and she brings with her a wealth of experience.
Speaking exclusively to gsport, Trish – as she affectionately known – expressed her gratitude that she can still be part of the sport that she loves, even though it is on the other side of the rope.
“I am getting used to everything, but I am also enjoying the role I have been entrusted to do, which is wicket-keeping specialist for the Lions Women. It has been a really good experience so far, working with the talent of the new generation of keepers that we have now.”Trisha Chetty, DP World Lions Women’s High-Performance Wicket-Keeping Coach
During her years-long stand as number one keeper for South Africa, Chetty played in four 50-over ODI World Cups and all but one T20 World Cup, where she played a crucial role as the team achieved semi-final positions across all formats of the game.
Retirement has left a huge hole in her life, but that is something that every athlete goes through when they think about their future. Sadness was part of the process, but she believes she is where she is meant to be in her journey.
“It has been challenging, but I have spent time reflecting and deciding what is important to me and this is the space I want to move into now. Being able to still be on the field has helped me a lot and I am looking forward to what the new year has in store for me.”
When Momentum came on board as sponsor the National Women’s team in 2013, Chetty one was of the players that was fully contracted. She reflects on how that shaped women’s cricket.
“I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to be part of the first contracts that had been given out, and I feel it gave that extra push that women’s cricket needed for our ladies to be able to perform on the big stage.”
“Everyone used to worry about their part-time jobs and having to make time for cricket, but the contracts allowed us to concentrate on our game and fine tuning our skills to the best of our abilities. It really was the game changer for women’s cricket.”Trisha Chetty, DP World Lions Women’s High-Performance Wicket-Keeping Coach
Having played most of her domestic cricket at KwaZulu-Natal Cricket for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Ladies, Chetty relocated to Gauteng when she retired in March 2023. Joining DP World Lions was no easy, task but it is where the opportunity presented itself, and Chetty is looking forward to executing her role to the best of her ability.
“I am looking forward to the challenge, I am not counting out anything in the future, but for now all I want is to give my best to the Lions and see where the opportunity takes me. I am just enjoying the moment for what it is. I enjoy coaching and mentoring of the players and I want to focus on growing and developing as a coach.”
Photo Caption: The DP World Lions Women have appointed legendary former Proteas Women’s cricketer Trisha Chetty as High-Performance wicket-keeping coach to the team, to add value to the lives of players from pipeline to professional, on and off the field. Photos: Supplied