It is quite rare to have three leg-spinners in one franchise who all possess the X-factor. The Multiply Titans can call on the services of the Test spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, and if he is indisposed, Shaun von Berg could easily step into his shoes and mesmerize teams, as he did with his 32 Sunfoil Series scalps and 15 Momentum One-Day Cup wickets this past season.
But the left-arm wrist spinner, who made his made his presence felt the past season in the Northerns Senior side, is Thomas Kaber.
Kaber struck 347 runs last season and nipped out 18 batsmen for the amateur side in assisting them to share the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup spoils with Free State. He boasts a first-class average of 38.04, while he has also captured 65 wickets in 27 matches.
“He possesses the X-factor. Thomas is mature, he is very calm and knows what to do when batsmen attempt to attack him. Thomas possesses the varieties, like the slider and the googly, but it is better to bowl three well than to have seven varieties and you don’t master one of them, says Kruger van Wyk, head of Assupol Tuks cricket.
“What I also like about him as a cricketer, is that he is a package.”
“He can bat anywhere between number four and number seven as batsman. He is a real stroke-maker,” Van Wyk added.
Kaber is a member of the Powerade National Academy Programme, and at the age of 24, he is still at the infancy stage that might be in full bloom when he reaches the age of 28.
He has already blasted a career-best 101 at first-class level, and with the bonus of being a left-arm wrist spinner, batsmen are perennially scratching their collective heads as to how to handle him.
Waltzing down the wicket might not be the best option, because his slider can almost do similar damage to that similar variety which has made Imran Tahir the finest leg-spinner in international one-day cricket.
His presence during the three-month development course will aid Kaber’s ability to employ the right game-plan according to conditions, and to assess the correct speed for different style of batsmen.
Few Titans supporters might know the name Thomas Kaber well, but he might make bigger headlines soon upon his return from the Academy.