Hendricks honoured by Proteas inclusion
The South African bowler believes he learnt valuable lessons at the World T20 in Bangladesh.
CAPE TOWN - Taking part in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh was a massive learning curve, Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and Proteas seamer Beuran Hendricks said on Tuesday.
The player has shown sensational form for the Cobras in domestic T20 competition, which saw him getting the call up for the Proteas for their home T20 series against Australia and then for the World T20.
In his first game at the tournament, he ended with bowling figured of 1 for 16 against the Netherlands.
In his next game against England, the 23-year-old seamer was clobbered by the batsmen, going for 50 runs in his four overs.
Hendricks admits international cricket is as tough as he expected it to be.
"The guys read you very quickly and I wasn't ready for that. I'm glad that I got to learn in that way.
"When I go back to franchise cricket and first class cricket, I will try to implement different strategies."
Hendricks says international cricket brought the best and worst out in him.
"Obviously in international cricket, you need to come up with different plans, especially on the sub-continent where you don't have the luxury of a bouncy wicket like you do in South Africa. Playing in those conditions, I now know what to expect when I go to the IPL and to the sub-continent countries."
Following a superb first-class season where he took 35 wickets in seven matches, Hendricks was selected for the South Africa 'A' side where he once again performed.
He took a match-winning 11-wicket haul against India 'A', which earned him a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with the Kings XI Punjab.
Hendricks says the experience in Bangladesh prepared him well for what's to come in the IPL.
"There's no margin for error and there's no room to make mistakes. You need to be on the button in every game while you are there. It was a really great experience that I had playing international cricket. It showed me where I was in my own game."
Hendricks says representing his country is by far the greatest honour.
"To get a few games in a World Cup was really good for me as a young guy. I'm looking to take what I learnt in the World Cup to help me in my career."