From Hood Cricket To International: Inanda’s Nondumiso Shangase Debuts For SA Women’s Cricket By Cheryl Roberts

28 May

 

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It was an international debut she won’t forget, not because of a debut wicket or run but a stunning catch that disrupted a high scoring partnership and got the wicket that SA so much needed when they played Pakistan in the third T20 game of the series. And it was a winning international for South Africa; for Nondumiso Shangase on debut.

Just a few weeks ago Nondumiso Shangase got her first national call-up for the home series against the touring Pakistan team. She didn’t play in the ODI’s but then was in the starting eleven for the third game of the T20 series. And her debut ws taking place in Pietermaritzburg in her home province KZN.

Whilst her SA team-mates are already establsihed in the SA national team at age 23, Nondumiso from Inanda in Durban was making her internatioanl debut. She started out in cricket at age 17, an age when some national team-mates had alraedy made their international debuts, taken international wickets and scored international centuries.

And, whilst the women cricketers in the SA teams were over the past 6 years or so crafting their international status, Nondumiso was crafting her way from grassroots club cricket in the hood to internaional playing levels.

From grassroots to international was achieved by Nondumiso within 6 years. She started playing cricket at 17 years old when she followed her older brother to the cricket field, one year after the passing away of her mother. She never stopped going to the cricket field. She never stopped playing cricket. She had fallen in love with cricket.

After turning out for Lindelani cricket club and playing with the boys in the club, it was onto playing women’s cricket when Lindelani formed a women’s cricket team, due to increasing numbers of girls joining the club. From club cricket it was onto playing for KZN Coastal women’s cricket team. She soon scored her debut century in povincial cricket. Then she got selected to attend CSA’s national women’s academy.

Soon, came the call-up to a national training camp, followed by another call-up. Then came the national breakthough when she got notified about her national team selection for South Africa against Pakistan.

‘I was so happy to get the national selection. I’ve been working very hard at my game. I’ve been dreaming about playing for SA and now it happened,’ says Nondumiso about her national selection.

Nondumiso Shangase is aware that keeping her place in the national team will require much quality performances. Nondumiso says she is going to work very hard to improve her game because playing for South Africa is her dream realised.

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