Port Elizabeth - Warriors
coach Rivash Gobind has lauded the consistency that the franchise was able to
maintain through a sustained period during the recently concluded season.
campaign was the most successful for the Eastern Cape side in the past eight
years after they won a share of the Momentum One-Day Cup title, reached the
play-offs in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge and ended runners-up in the Sunfoil
season looks all the more impressive considering they had to change coaches
mid-season after Malibongwe Maketa was recruited by the Standard Bank Proteas
as assistant coach, with Gobind stepping in on an interim basis, before he was
made permanent coach a fortnight back.
of end results, that’s open for everyone to see,” Gobind says.
“I think from a
coaching perspective and from a team development perspective, what has been
most satisfying was the fact that were able to be so consistent throughout the
“For us as
a unit, that’s something that we’ve always been striving for. To make that sort
of progress in this season is something we are very, very proud about.
we can carry on building on that consistency because that is what it’s all
about at this level.
the teams are so evenly matched, if you can maintain some level of consistency
then you’re always going to get into a play-off competing for a trophy and
that’s what’s been exciting for me.”
Warriors have been brewing for the past few seasons now with consistency one of
their key attributes, particularly in the limited overs formats. They had been
knocking on the trophy door after reached the play-offs in the past four
competitions and their victory in the 50-over competition is the culmination of
a whole lot of hard work.
on a pretty good run,” Gobind explained.
“Obviously with the one shared trophy
and coming close in the four-day competition they are also ticks in the right
see we’re heading in the right direction. It’s obviously a good time to be
involved with this group or to be around this squad of players.
lot of good things happening. We’ve got some exciting young talent and we’ve
also got guys coming into their prime as professional cricketers.
have seen some guys also making it into the Proteas team and in terms of player
development and team growth, I think the curve is going the right way.”
future also now ironed out, the 35-year-old is looking forward to leading the
Warriors in 2018/19.
But he is
cautious about creating too much expectation, insisting that their primary
target is to consolidate the good work from the past few seasons.
are always nice and are the result of a lot of small things that we’ve got to
consistently do right,” Gobind adds.
“We need to
make sure we maintain that next year and also be cautious about looking too far
ahead because if we start looking into the future then we’re going to forget
about watching the ball right now.”