Stiaan Van Zyl’s simple approach to international cricket was the foundation to his maiden Test century on the second day of the first Sunfoil Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Thursday. The left-hander played a confident and fluent innings to reach the milestone, and also became the first debutant to score a century on South African soil. The left-hander spoke of his sleepless night after finding out about his selection on the eve of the Test match, and his sweaty palms and anxiety before walking to the crease.
“I said to myself that it obviously is on the big-stage but at the end its still a cricket ball coming to me,” Van Zyl said of his mindset going in to bat. “My goal was to get past ten (runs) and then I took it from there and felt my way through it. When I went to fifty I realised that maybe a hundred was on the cards and the chat at lunch was to bat to a certain amount of overs. They bowled enough bad -balls to score off and luckily for me I got to the hundred.” It was a fairytale start to his international career, however, the 27-year-old says he is not looking further than the current Test with regards to his future in the side, and will instead savour the occasion, which he says is a “dream come true”.
“Scoring a hundred on debut is the perfect and dream start to my career. I’m happy that it has happened but I will take it day-by-day. If there are changes to be made then I will be ready. If I get another opportunity I will try my best but hopefully I can keep scoring runs for my country and maybe get a few more Tests under the belt,” Van Zyl said. Rain washed out the third session of the day after the Proteas declared on 552 for five. Play will start at 10:00 on Friday morning.