Flashing bats are not going to defeat Kwena


He is left-handed, talented, lightning-fast and he made the batsmen stand out at the recent U-19 World Cup tournament.

Moreover, he is only 17 years old.

Yes-no, one does not have to be a cricket seer to predict that Kwena Maphaka can win many more matches for his team.

The young South African was also approached by the Mumbai Indians to play face-to-face cricket on the big stage.

But in his first Indian Premier League (IPL) game for the Indians against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, things didn’t quite go according to plan.

Maphaka opened the bowling for his eleven, but the flashing bats of Travis Head, Heinrich Klaasen meant that he conceded 66 runs in his four overs.

Head in particular enjoyed his bowling and he hit four boundaries off consecutive deliveries.

A baptism of fire like few, as Dale Steyn let us know on X.

But the legendary Protea blitz later wrote on social media that the future is no less bright for the young hot-clawed bowler.

“I know how Kwena Maphaka must feel, but he is surrounded by incredible people at Mumbai and everything is going to be okay,” said Steyn.

“This is his first taste of IPL cricket and it is undoubtedly one of the top moments of his career; regardless of the result or his performance. Plus, he’s only 17 years old and things can only get better going forward. Well done, young man.”