The young and very dynamic Pheko Moletsane’s (18) dream came true when he represented South Africa in the 2020 Under 19 World Cup tournament in January and February.
Apart from two World Cup matches, he also played four One Day International matches (ODIs) for the Proteas.
Moletsane, who was introduced to the sport through his primary school’s physical education programme, has not looked back since he was selected to play for the Free State’s u.11 cricket team that year.
Of his own admission, Moletsane was genuinely surprised to discover that he had talent in the sport as he was more interested in soccer.
“My love for cricket started when I would look at myself in the mirror while practising. It helped me to visualise where I wanted to go with the sport.”
Although he now understands the importance of believing in oneself, at one stage the talented youngster had to face and conquer his demons – low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence.
Moletsane found himself playing cricket throughout his school career at the St Dominic’s College. In order to take part in the sport at a more challenging level, he had to change schools.
“I joined the St Andrew’s School in Bloemfontein in Gr. 10. The school is well known for its cricket. The training was more intense and we toured almost every weekend. It was quite an adjustment. I struggled for a while, but eventually got the hang of it,” he said.
After countless sacrifices and hours on the field, working tirelessly through the years, Pheko finally got the call to represent his country on the international stage.
He was selected for the Proteas u.19 cricket team.
“I couldn’t believe that I have finally made the team after so many setbacks and injuries that prevented me from proving my worth. It was a great honour and privilege to represent my country.”
“For the longest time I thought I wasn’t going to make it, but I did and that is really satisfying”, says Moletsane glancing at his framed Proteas blazer and tie.
The young talent, who believes he is still in the early developmental stage of his cricketing journey, hopes to inspire others to greatness when he reaches his peak.
He also hopes to emphasise the importance of mentoring others, and getting them into the right head space for optimum performance.
“It’s all in the mind and if I were to advise anyone, I would tell them to change the way they view themselves in order to change the results they produce.”
The level-headed young man is currently a first-year student at the University of the Free State (UFS) and is studying towards a BCom degree.
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