Rassie van der Dussen reveled in a "dream come true" after settling South Africa's victory of 34 races over Zimbabwe in East London with a fiftieth in the debut of T20I.
"He was pretty close to being perfect: a fifty in Debutó, and to top it off, the winning team, which obviously is the most important thing," he said. "It's a dream come true for me, I could not be happier."
Van der Dussen arrived at the place where South Africa staggered by 11-for-2, but shrugged off the pressure applied by Zimbabwe with 41-pointers with captain Faf. du Plessis and 87 with David Miller. He finally fell for a 56 of 44 balls, but helped establish a defensible total of 160 for 6.
The 29-year-old has worked hard to make his dream come true. He was the career leading scorer in the four days of last season's competition, helped the Vancouver Knights win the 2018 Global T20 Canada title and secured a contract with the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Premier League. Caribbean. In between, he was also summoned for the South Africa A trip to India in August.
"He has definitely helped my game," said van der Dussen about playing in different T20 leagues around the world. "You face some of the best teams in the world in these tournaments, and by doing it well, you gave me the confidence to know that I can play at that level, this is international cricket, it's a new stage with additional pressure but also with a great privilege, gave me confidence to go out and play my game. "
Van der Dussen is likely to have another crack in the second T20 at Potchefstroom on Friday, and hopes to continue building on his strong start as he gains experience of the Zimbabwe attack. "As a player, you always have to try to learn and adapt," he said. "You want to improve every day, I faced the Zimbabwe bowlers for the first time, so in the next games I will reevaluate and see where I went wrong and where I can do better, hopefully I can emulate what I do." I did it here in the last two games. "
Senwes Park is a former home of van der Dussen, who played for North West before moving to the Lions, and with his local knowledge, expects Highveld's conditions to produce a High
"Spin will not be as effective at Highveld," he said. "We could have some high scoring games if the windows are as they usually are at Potch and Benoni. As a hitter, your scoring and tactical areas change a bit, especially against the effect. I can see some great totals if we get good windows. "