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Monday, 16 December 2013 19:32

Cricket: 16 year old Dayyaan Galiem Already in his Second Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week

He might have only finished grade 10 but Dayyaan Galiem will be representing Western Province at the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Durban this week for the second time.


Despite his experience at this level, the Rondebosch Boys’ High all-rounder is not going into the week with any expectations. “I’ll be concentrating on my own game and not thinking about the Coca-Cola® SA Schools team, or next year’s under-19 World Cup,” he said.

Dayyaan knows exactly what his team is expecting from him. “I want to strike early with the ball and get the team on the front foot. I will probably bat at 6 or 7, but if needed I want to be able to read the situation of the game and bat accordingly. Hopefully, by the time I go in to bat the damage will already have been done by the top 5 batsmen.”

In preparation for the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Cricket week, Dayyaan has played in two warm up games against Boland (he took 1 wicket) and the Western Cape Academy where he took 4 wickets. “I’m not reading too much into those games as they were testing out the players and trying to sort out batting line-ups and bowling orders,” he said.

He is very confident that he has done enough to prepare for this year’s tournament. “My confidence level is quite high. I have trained very hard and hope that it will show during the tournament.”

Dayyaan recognizes that the team’s strength lies in their batting line up with key batsmen like Hayes Van der Berg, Clyde Fortuin and Zabayr Hamza. He also recognizes that the team weakness is in their bowling attack. “Our attack will miss Dawood Christians this year, so we will have to focus on partnerships and make sure that the bowlers work well together.”

Dayyaan has had a lot of support from his school and from the Western Province cricket union but the person that he identifies as his biggest supporter is his captain, Zubayr Hamza. “Our captain, Zubayr Hamza, has been very supportive of me,” Dayyaan said. “He believes in my abilities and often helps me and gives me advice. He knows when I am having a good day or a bad day and knows what to say to encourage me and get me to pick up my game.”

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