Multiply Titans seamer Malusi Siboto owns the honour of being the leading wicket-taker thus far in the Sunfoil Series and, while he has served his franchise superbly, he will be looking to advance his own cause a bit from today as he turns out for the SA Invitation XI against the touring Bangladesh side in Bloemfontein.
“I wasn’t selected last season for any of the representative sides, so I set my goal on winning trophies for the franchise and the Titans did that with the two limited-overs titles. I still didn’t expect to be chosen this season, but the key is to just always enjoy what I’m doing. And I have a bit of an advantage in that I’ve played most of my cricket in Bloemfontein. But it will still be hard work,” said Siboto, a former Knights player.
The 30-year-old Siboto has marked himself out as a key member of the Titans attack, and his 11 wickets in three matches this season have come at an average of just 21.27.
At this stage, there has yet to be a win after the first three rounds of the Sunfoil Series, thanks in large part to winter pitches and very friendly batting surfaces. But Siboto has looked at home in the testing conditions for bowlers.
“There hasn’t been much assistance in the pitches, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get batsmen out. You have to be creative and work hard. I’m always consistent but I like to keep challenging myself. Sometimes it’s not about skills but about certain mindsets.
“You have to believe in yourself in those periods of time and I’ve played long enough to understand batsmen’s strengths and weaknesses and to adjust to the pitch. But mainly, you want to be consistent in a certain area, keep things simple,” said Siboto.
The Titans are probably the least concerned of all the franchises in terms of their performance thus far and, even though they haven’t won a game yet, they are still top of the log.
“We’ve played very good cricket, the batsmen have been scoring runs and the bowlers are working hard. We need to take our chances and we’ve just missed out on a couple of situations, although we can’t control the rain. We’re happy with how we’re executing our skills, although there’s always room for improvement and we’re definitely still hungry for more,” concluded Siboto.