North West Dragons rising star, Nthabiseng Nini, is making her mark in the CSA Provincial One Day Cup competition, recently grabbing a five-wicket haul against Border, and setting tongues wagging.
As a graduate of Ikageng Hub in the North West, the 15-year-old fell in love with the sport when she was inspired by a friend who introduced her to the club.
Her love and passion for the game encourages her to perform to the best of her ability as she hopes to one day represent South Africa, following in the footsteps of her idol, Masabata Klaas, to play for the Momentum Proteas team.
Apart from her sporting career dreams, the young star is also eager to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon as she aims to assist injured players.
In a brief conversation with gsport, Nini chats about her rising star and finding a balance between her studies and sporting career.
Thank you so much for your time, Nthabiseng. We are currently in a pandemic, but thankfully participation in sports is back for local cricket, how does this make you feel?
It has been very stressful living in a pandemic, but I feel good about being able to play again. I love cricket and I always want to do well for my teams (both cub and provincial).
What is about cricket that you love so much?
I meet good people who are willing to help me achieve my goals. Also, going around the country and making new friends.
You’ve achieved so much at such a young age, do you still have a typical childhood as a teenager, for example, spending time with friends on the weekend?
Sometimes, because I spend most of time after school at practice. Then, when I get home I have to complete my homework and do my chores.
How is it balancing school and your cricket career?
It has been a been hectic but thank the Lord I have been able to manage so far.
Where does your incredible work ethic come from?
Mostly from the love I have for this sport.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I see myself representing my country at Proteas level.
Why is it so important for you to play for the Proteas and SA u19?
I work very hard to see myself doing well for me and my team. I believe hard work does pay off so it’s one of my biggest dreams that I want to achieve.
What are your career goals other than playing for the national team?
To be an Orthopaedic Surgeon, so I can be able to help injured players.
Which female cricket players do you look up to and why?
Masabata Klaas, she has been playing at the highest level for years and I’m blessed to be playing with her in our team.
Where can our audience connect with you?
I am on Facebook as Nthabiseng Nini.
Photo Caption: 15-year-old Nthabiseng Nini made a statement in Provincial One Day Cup competition by grabbing five wickets for the North West Dragons. Photo: Nthabiseng Nini (Supplied)