Proteas all-rounder Robbie Frylinck will be looking to keep things simple in the upcoming T20 International series against Bangladesh starting at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Thursday.
Frylinck has described his debut call-up at 33-years-old as a “surprise”, and will be giving this opportunity his best effort after a long journey to the top.
“You get to a stage where you think that maybe it’s not meant to be, and it’s not going to happen,” he said at the squad’s first practice in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
“It doesn’t change what I have done over the last few years for my franchise. I’m the type of player who, when I get on to the field, I give 200 percent regardless of what the outcome is going to be or what I’m looking to achieve.
“I have always been a fighter on the field and will always give it my all,” he explained. “This did come as a surprise to me, but I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, so I will be giving it my best.”
Frylinck is a well-travelled campaigner in the T20 format, having played 87 matches with stints in the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League during his decade-long career.
He says he will rest on his tried-and-tested game plans as a recipe for success, and will be looking to keep it simple despite the high-pressure nature of the format.
“There are always different pressures,” he said. “Each game has its own pressures, this one will have a few more pressures. I’m at that age where I’m not trying new things, I pretty much know my game.”
“For me, it’s just about keeping it as simple as possible, sticking to my game plans that have gotten me here, hopefully it will go well.”
The all-rounder in him hopes to make an impact with both bat and ball during the series, and his stats suggest he has the capability with both. He holds the record for the fastest List A 50 off 19 balls, and boasts career-best bowling figures of 5/16.
“With the Proteas side, we have seen over the months that this batting line-up is phenomenal,” he said.
“Whether I get the chance with the bat, we will see. It is a vital role (all-rounder), I have a purpose with both the batting and bowling. I think I will be used more with the bowling than the batting, but can do the job with the bat if needed.
“The guys take every game as it comes. You don’t write off anybody, you don’t think about what’s happened before, because you can’t gauge on that.”
Frylinck concluded, “T20 is a different animal on its own. I am sure the guys will come in and give 200 per cent; it will be nice to have another whitewash but we are not looking that far ahead. Thursday’s the first game and we are going to come out firing.”