Malusi Siboto could reach three milestones during the next six months.
Multiply Titans’ spearhead with the ball, will celebrate his 30th birthday on 20 August. He is on the brink of taking his 200th first-class wicket - he has taken 188 - while he 13 wickets away from his 100th scalp in the 50-over competition.
Siboto is one of those players with the wizardry that can frustrate most batsmen. You have to possess expert anticipation and you must be able to read the ball out of the hand when he operates.
Most astute top-order batsman can do that, but don’t forget that the odd delivery is a Yorker bowled at 132 km/h and even if you guess right, you might have to trot off to the pavilion because you were too late to adjust your shot.
The 29 year-old medium-pace bowler was the leading wicket-taker for the Multiply Titans in both the CSA T20 Challenge and the Sunfoil Series last season.
His 33 wickets came at an average of 21.54 with a season best of 7-48 in the four-day competition.
A moment no Multiply Titans supporter will forget came during the final over of the CSA T20 Challenge against the Warriors.
Siboto had the ball in his hands and 12 runs were needed . Such a target is really almost par for the cause these days in the shortest format. With the thick edges and big sweet spots, you only need a few lucky edges, one full-bloodied drive over extra cover and one leg-side heave and the opposition fans celebrate wildly.
But Siboto did not blink. He conceded just five runs and the exhilarated Multiply Titans won the CSA T20 Challenge for a second successive season.
A few things people don’t know about Siboto, is that he has a vast array of weapons.
He can bowl seam up, nipping it away or into the right-handed batsman. He can bowl the leg-cutter and the off-cutter, the back of the hand slow ball, the Yorker and the surprise quick bouncer or a bouncer while cutting the ball.
More often than not, his victims are caught in the covers, having played the slower ball on the up and failing to read the slower variety.
“What I am aiming for, is consistency, and I’m also interested in improving my craft every season by a few percentages,” said Siboto, who returned to pre-season training this month.
Asked how he spends his off-season, Siboto says he will do body work in the gymnasium or run shuttles, but he doesn’t like road work very much.
He is also seeking for a club in Pretoria where he can play hockey in the off-season.
A few years ago, he represented the North West Dragons in hockey and cricket while completing a diploma in sports science.
Siboto is still yearning for a place in the South Africa A team, but says he is at peace about that.
“That is not in my hands. I try and deliver the goods for the Multiply Titans whether I am selected for the A-team or not.”