SA Junior Cricketer on the Rise: Aiden Markram

Mon, 11/08/2014 - 15:22
  • Aiden Markram salutes his team mates during the ICC U19 world cup
    Aiden Markram salutes his team mates during the ICC U19 world cup
  • Aiden Markram with his man of the match of the award at the T20 World Campus Cricket Tournament
    Aiden Markram with his man of the match of the award at the T20 World Campus Cricket Tournament

Aiden Markram, the up and coming talented cricketer from TUKS is making a name for himself through his consistent performances. From leading the SA U19 cricket team to their first ever world cup, to playing a part in TUK's Club Champs, and T20 World Campus World finals victory, Markram has been a player to watch.

Bio
Highest ODI Cricket score 210 not out
Fastest Century 78
Fastest Fifty 32
Most catches 3
Primary School attended Cornwall Hill College, Irene
High School attended Pretoria Boys High School
Sports Played at school Soccer, Rugby, Cricket

Achievements:

  • Assupol Tuks 1st Team Premier League (2013)
  • Northerns Amateurs 2nd Tier (2013)
  • Titans Colts U23 (2013 & Capt)
  • SA U19 Cricket Tour to India (2013)
  • Titans U19 CUBS Week (2014 & Capt)
  • SA U19 Cricket World Cup (2014 & Capt)
  • SA (Tuks) Redbull T20 Campus Cricket World Finals (2014)

Awards:

  • Tuks Cricket Senior Academy Player of the Year (2013)
  • U19 Cricket World Cup Player of the Tournament (2014)
  • CSA U19 Cricketer of the Year (2014)
  • Redbull T20 Campus Cricket Regional Player of the Tournament (2014)
  • Momentum National Club Championship Player of the Tournament (2014)

Well done on your recent achievements by winning the CSA U19 cricketer of the year award and the Momentum Club Champs player of the tournament. Would you have expected to win these awards? And how did you feel once your name was announced?
It was definitely unexpected to me, it was an honor just to be nominated for the awards but to have won both of them is a real privilege.

I must also commend coach Ray Jennings for his guidance and support

You led the SA U19 team to their first ever ICC World U19 Cup victory. How were you feeling going into this tournament as the captain of the team?
I was extremely nervous as most of us as players were, but I think having prepared well at the training camp which was held at Tuks it helped control the nerves. I was also very excited about it as it was a new challenge for me as a person and I knew it could help me grow both on and off the field. But I must also commend coach Ray Jennings for his guidance and support which helped me tremendously.

Can you tell us some of your highlights at the U19 world cup?
The first win against West Indies was a big highlight for me as we didn’t play our best cricket but character got us over the line as a team. Both my centuries against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan also stood out for me, as well as batting through in the final against Pakistan. But the real highlight was lifting the trophy as a team on the night of the final.

You will be disappointed at some stage, there is never an easy road

Can you describe the feeling in the camp and how you felt when you won the U19 world cup?
We were all obviously very overwhelmed and stoked about the victory. The feeling in the camp was one of excitement and relief knowing we had made history but also very humbled by the whole experience.

The U19 world cup is probably the toughest level of cricket I have been exposed to

Can you tell us some of the highlights of your recent World Campus Cricket finals victory with TUKS?
Theunis de Bruyn’s 139 off 60 odd balls against Bangladesh was something very special. Beating the Indians in the semi final was very sweet and then beating the West Indies in the final at The Oval was just the cherry on top for us. A big shout out to Red Bull who were the sponsors and their hosting of us was amazing, this in itself was a huge highlight.

Can you tell us a bit about the level of cricket you’ve been exposed to since you left Pretoria Boy’s High, from the U19 world cup, to Club level, to the recent Red Bull World Campus Cricket finals?
It’s a big jump, I remember struggling to find my feet the first few months after school but then I settled into club cricket. The guidance of the coaches and senior players made it easier as the months went by. The U19 world cup is probably the toughest level of cricket I have been exposed to and then the recent Red Bull T20 World Cup also proved to be tough with the unknown of the opponents and UK playing conditions.

I’m working hard on my bowling

How are you feeling about your cricket now, where to from here? And what goals have you set for yourself?
Still really enjoying my cricket! I’m playing club cricket at Tuks and it’s a great environment to be a part of. We currently have a small break then training gets into full swing in a few weeks’ time for the new season. I’m also trying to push for a spot in the Northerns amateur cricket team but it will be down to stats in making runs so cannot wait for the season to kick in.

Which areas of your game are you looking to improve on (if any)?
I’m working hard on my bowling to try and add a new dimension to my game.

Which cricketer do you look up to and why?
AB de Villiers. To me, I think he is on a level on his own and his captaincy is also something to look up to. The ability to have that X factor and presence is something you are born with and AB has that and uses it wisely within his team and opponents.

If you could face any bowler in the world, who would it be and why?
Sunil Narine, I’ve heard he is impossible to pick so I want to see for myself.

 

 

 

Can you tell us a bit more on the cricket at TUKS, and how is your BCOM going?
Like I mentioned a bit earlier I really enjoy it at TUKS. The coaches and the players are all very supportive and the environment in which we train and work in is second to none. My studying is going okay, I enjoy the subjects I have which helps, but finding the time to study is sometimes tough.

How do you manage to balance your personal life with your sport and studies?
At the beginning of the year when varsity started it was very difficult. With Cubs Week, the U19 training Camp, the U19 World Cup and then the National Club Champs I missed a lot of lectures. There was a mountain of work to catch up on as well as the actual studying for exams but I have fortunately settled into a routine and the family and friends in my life are very understanding and supportive which helps a huge amount.

Respect your coaches, fellow team players and opponents

Do you have a message that you’ll like kids and aspiring cricketers to hear?
My advice... You will be disappointed at some stage, there is never an easy road. Commit yourself, learn from your mistakes, work hard both physically and mentally, sponge on all the advice you can get and finally respect. Respect your coaches, fellow team players and opponents.

And lastly what’s your motto in life and what do you attribute your success to?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

 

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