Written by: Nick Tatham
Consistency the key to Makhanya’s future
Durban – Having won the hearts of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins fans after
two swashbuckling innings’ in the Momentum One Day Cup last season,
batting all-rounder Sibonelo “Sibz” Makhanya is hoping to grow into an
all-formats player with specific focus on consistency.
One of the stand-out performances from Makhanya last season was his 55
from 38 balls against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Paarl. The
Dolphins were under severe pressure when the 21 year old came to the
wicket and guided his side over the line.
A knock of that significance, under that sort of pressure, coupled with
his assured 82 against the bizhub Highveld Lions before that, went a
long way to giving Makhanya the belief that he could contribute at
“Some of the innings that I played last season instilled a lot of faith
and belief in my own ability,” the former South Africa Under-19 captain
“It also instills faith in your team mates and they believe that you can
do it every time you go out to bat.
“I want to build on from those performances and become a more consistent
Makhanya broke into the Dolphins set-up last season through some solid
performances with the bat but also through his ability to bowl a few
overs of medium pace and having the bowling string to his bow means that
he can contribute in more ways than one.
“I like to consider myself as a batting all-rounder but I have put a
large amount of focus on my batting this off season because that is the
aspect of my game that will take me places.
“My bowling is a bonus but it isn't something I am going to neglect as
it is always great to be able to contribute to the team with both bat
The confidence of producing match winning performances for the Dolphins
will boost Makhanya as he prepares for the upcoming season, a season
that will be a defining one for the middle order batsman.
In his quest to become an all-round cricketer, Makhanya is pushing the
boat out and leaving his comfort zone in order to continue improving as
“One day cricket is my favourite format purely from the perspective that
I have performed well in that format.
“I am very comfortable playing one day cricket but as I grow as a player
I want to be able to contribute in all three formats of the game.
“I have been trying to strengthen my basics and try and improve my four
day cricket skills because if I can improve there then all the other
aspects of my game will fall into place.
“Going into the season I want to cement my place in the starting XI for
the Dolphins and to contribute in every game I play.
“I think the key for me is to make sure that I am getting better ball by
ball, game by game and in the bigger picture, season by season,” he
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