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Klaasen credits ‘hard work’ behind scenes for SA20 season 2 success – World News Network

Cape Town [South Africa], February 12 (ANI): Heinrich Klaasen’s last 12 months have been out of this world.
The Durban’s Super Giants superstar was named SA20 Player of the Season and Batter of the Season for 2024 at Newlands.
It bookmarked an extraordinary period for Klaasen that began right here in the inaugural SA20 Season 1.
Klaasen lit up Centurion with a sparkling ton in Season 1, before heading off to the Indian Premier League where he repeated the act for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But he was not done yet. Klaasen built up to the ICC 50-overs World Cup in India last year with an astonishing 174 off 83 balls against Australia in India before exploding in Mumbai with another rollicking 67-ball 109 against England.
Klaasen’s purple patch continued in SA20 Season 2 where he bludgeoned the opposition’s bowlers to all parts of the six venues around the country, as he finished with 447 runs at a strike-rate of 207.90.
The consistency of Klaasen’s striking, which yielded a record-breaking 37 sixes, has been incredible and he attributes his success to the hard work behind the scenes.
“The swing has been good the last couple of years. I think better decision-making and execution has helped me. It helps when you execute the right plan you have in mind. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am at this moment but I am also in a good space mentally,” Klassen said.
Although Klaasen was unable to power DSG to their maiden Betway SA20 championship, the 32-year-old was pleased with the team’s overall performance.
“It’s nice to perform, but it’s only worth it when your team gets over the line, otherwise the performance means nothing to me. It is a little bit disappointing, but there’s more important things in life than winning trophies. It has been a good tournament, our guys played fantastically, but the better team won on the day,” he said.
“The boys have been fantastic, together with the coaches, and supporting staff, it’s a thankless job. We can’t ask for a better tournament in South Africa. The SA20 is up there with the world’s best.”
Sunrisers duo Ottniel Baartman and Marco Jansen were also honoured on Saturday evening for their heroic performances in helping the Eastern Cape team defend their title in Season 2.
Baartman was named Bowler of the Season after claiming 18 wickets at an average of 11.78, while Jansen collected the Rising Star of the Season for his 20 wickets and his 105 runs at a strike-rate of 177.96.
“We had a number of injuries in the team, including Sisanda Magala and Craig Overton. I knew I had to step it up. The team played very nicely, the way they set the tone with the new ball throughout the tournament was unbelievable,” Baartman said.
Equally Jansen paid tribute to his teammates – in true Sunrisers’ fashion – for helping him to achieve the personal recognition.
“I couldn’t have done it without the team as personal performances can only take you so far. Having those two (Dan Worrall and Baartman) with me is an awesome feeling. Just to know that if I’m not on it on any given occasion, they’ll carry me,” the 23-year-old said
“With the bat, I just go out and try and enjoy it. If it comes off, it comes off. It’s an awesome feeling.”
Full list of SA20 Award Winners:
SA20 champions: Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Runners-up: Durban’s Super Giants
Spirit of Cricket Award: Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Rising Star Award: Marco Jansen (Sunrisers Eastern Cape)
Batter of the Season: Heinrich Klaasen (Durban’s Super Giants)
Bowler of the Season: Ottniel Baartman (Sunrisers Eastern Cape)
Player of the Season: Heinrich Klaasen (Durban’s Super Giants).(ANI)


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