IPL 2018: I Am Thankful to the Rajasthan Royals – Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen has thanked Rajasthan Royals after being roped in by the franchise for the upcoming season.
The Proteas star will replace Steven Smith who has been banned by BCCI in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.
Klaasen enhanced his reputation as a clean hitter in his maiden international series which came against India this year.
He looked comfortable against spinners and helped South Africa win a couple of games with his amazing batting.
“I am thankful to the Rajasthan Royals for giving me this opportunity and making me part of the squad. It would be my first IPL, and in fact, my first ever visit India, so I am really excited to be teaming up and sharing the dressing room with some great names. I have made it my mission to ensure my performance makes a large impact on my team in the tournament,” said Klaasen.
Royals’ Head of Cricket, Zubin Bharucha also expressed his delight over having Klaasen in the team.
He singled out that Klaasen’s performance against the Indian spinners was the deciding factor in picking the South African over others.
“We are delighted to have Klaasen onboard. His hard-hitting ability with plenty of options against spin makes him dangerous through the middle of an innings. What struck us about Klaasen other than his ability to strike a ball was his inherent hunger to make every opportunity count, this is a good space to be in as a cricketer and batsman. We look forward to working with Klaasen to ensure he has a great career in the IPL” said Bharucha.
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