I am very proud of the Free State and the Knights – Rossouw

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Rille Rossouw PHOTO: GALLO

“I am very proud of the Free State and the Knights.” These were the words of the Proteas batter, Rilee Rossouw, on his return to the team for the second time in the 2021/22 domestic cricket season.

The 32-year-old lefthanded batter started his career at the Free State and the Knights back in 2007 when they were still known as the Eagles.

In the past 15 years Rossouw has become one of the most sought-after batters in world cricket and he often plays in various leagues and competitions across the globe. While Rossouw has played cricket in Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he has always stayed true to the Free State and has represented no other team in South Africa.

Speaking to Bloemfontein Courant on his return for the CSA One-Day Cup, Rossouw said that he still gets goosebumps when playing in Bloemfontein, even after his long and illustrious career.

“I’m super excited to be back with the Knights,” said the player who represented South African in 36 One-Day Internationals and 15 T20 Internationals.

“Just walking out on the field today (Tuesday) after our team meeting, I got goosebumps again and that is a great sign.

“After playing professional cricket for 15 years, to come back now and get goosebumps out on the field means that I still care.

“If I could contribute on the field with good performances or just in the changing room, I look forward to it regardless of the role that I have to play.

“It’s going to be a good journey and … I’m very proud of the Knights and I’m going to give my all to the team.

“I’m really excited to get my season underway in this one-day competition and hopefully we can return to winning ways with a win against the Lions and have a very successful season at the Knights.”

At the start of the season Rossouw played for the Itec Knights in the CSA T20 Knockout and it is safe to say that he carried the team to the title. – MORGAN PIEK