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Monday, 01 October 2012 14:07

Cricket: King Edward’s Shaylin Pillay ready to go pro

The 17-year-old King Edward XII (KES) schoolboy Shaylin Pillay is fast making strides in the cricket world.

PillayThe all-rounder, a right-hand top-order batsman, right-arm medium-fast bowler and versatile fielder who spends most of his time in the slips tasted the big time this year when he  completed the U19 limited-overs series against Pakistan as well as the Triangular U19 Series that also included Zimbabwe.

The final one-day international against Pakistan took place with the series at 1-1 going into the match and the Pakistanis won it by two wickets to clinch the series 2-1.

It was a pulsating end to an interesting series; Pakistan requiring 22 off the last two overs in Stellenbosch, SA definitely in command, but three sixes ensured defeat for SA off the third ball of the last over.

Pillay ended fifth in the SA batting and bowling averages and the young man who made his first-class debut for Gauteng’s Highveld Strikers in the Cricket South Africa Provincial Three-Day Challenge Series against Griqualand West in Johannesburg just under a year ago clearly has a bright future in the game.

After attending Progress Primary School in Lenasia, Pillay made his way to KES and has never looked back, being selected for Gauteng provincial teams through all the age groups from U13 to U15 and now U19.

The Johannesburg-born Pillay had some outstanding matches in the Triangular Series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe, which preceded the Pakistan/SA series.

He finished fourth in the Triangular Series batting averages behind two Pakistanis and his former KES team-mate, the talented wicketkeeper/batsman Quinton de Kock, with a top score of 91 not out and an average of 41.20 while he also ended sixth in the bowling averages – a fine all-round achievement when one considers he was in the company of the best U19 cricketers that Pakistan, Zimbabwe and South Africa have to offer.

“Cricket is my passion because it’s something I love doing and I find enjoyment out of doing it,” Pillay told SA School Sports Mag.

“Since I was young, I took a liking into the sport and never looked back ever since, although I do play other sports such as hockey for my school. Cricket means a lot to me as it keeps youngsters away from trouble and helps keep you fit.”

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