THE PHENOM FROM SOUTH AFRICA
LANCE “ZULU” KLUSNER
THE PHENOM FROM SOUTH AFRICA, The Man I am interviewing today needs no introduction, a giant of the game a genuine all-rounder, He has blazed the trail for modern-day cricketers, with his aggressive style of batting and bowling, in an era where players were specialist batsman or bowlers, he was the first genuine allrounder, who had the ability to change the game with the bat and the ball, He was the 1999 Cricket Worldcup, Player of the Tournament, and is the current Head coach of Team Afghanistan, Today I have the immense pleasure and honour to have Lance “Zulu” Klusner as my guest on Cricktalk20 with Mo Zubair.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Nothing much I have to speak about myself, I personally think I come from a very humble family from the forest & I always respect people irrelevant of whoever they’re & always try my best to be a humble person, and cricket has always been a passion of mine while fishing is my hobby.
Who inspired you to take up cricket?
It’s my parents especially my father who inspired me to play cricket. We used to had a cricket field next to our house & that’s where we played during my childhood. Just by playing the game during childhood I fall in love with the game.
During your playing days, you were a feared force both with the bat and ball, which current cricket player has the most similarities to your playing style?
Well, I don’t know if I was feared or not for my cricketing abilities but yes I loved to do both bat & ball as I enjoyed that. I think from the current lot of international players Ben Stokes & Hardik Pandya are very good with both bat & ball & I see a bit of similarity of my playing style with them.
In your playing days you traveled the world,what venue is your favorite?
Obviously, Durban is my most favourite venue as I come from there, Eden Gardens Kolkata is one of my favourite foreign, cricket ground as the crowd there amazingly sporting. Now being coach of Afghanistan I just went to Kabul & if you trust me please the scenic beauty along with the ground of Kabul international cricket stadium is just amazing.
You are fluent in both xhosa and Zulu,do you speak any other languages?
Yes, I am fluent in Xhosa & Zulu as being brought up in that locality but unfortunately, two languages are more than enough for me.
As a player what is your greatest achievement?
Well, I never thought that way but I will remember my debut test for my 5 wicket haul for sure. Obviously, I will remember the 1999 world cup because of getting the man of the series award & I always remember each of those boxing day test we played at home irrelevant of any venue as long as they were in South Africa.
What is the most memorable match you ever played?
1999 world cup semi-final as we were so close but yet so far. that game taught me a lot not just about cricket but about life as well.
You are currently the head coach of Afghanistan,where do you see this team in the next five years?
Afghanistan without a doubt plays an exciting brand of cricket, especially in T20’S. There is no doubt about that. Afghanistan has got some of the best spinners of world cricket & nobody should doubt the amount of power the batsman generate while hitting. If we can just adapt to a few minor changes we can be a topside, especially in T20 cricket. Personally in next 5 years time, I see this Afghanistan team as one of the top team of white-ball cricket. After being appointed as coach I got the chance of training with them & the amount of talent these boys have is seriously unbelievable. I am very happy now that we got some very good fast bowlers also who all are young with huge talent & all we need is to groom them well.
What is your secret to success?
Determination desire sacrifice to achieve goals & never give up is the attitude I believe in both on & off the cricket.
Thanks my friend.
Thank you, Lance, for the in-depth interview, We at Cricktalk20 wish you all the best in your career, looking forward to seeing the success you will have with Team Afghanistan.
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