Durban – Dolphins all-rounder Robbie Frylinck was ‘shocked’ after being called up to the Proteas’ T20 squad on Tuesday.
The Proteas will take on Bangladesh in the upcoming two-match T20I series starting on Thursday, October 26 in Bloemfontein.
Frylinck, 33, has been a stalwart member of the Dolphins set-up playing every single game of last season.
This extended run in the side saw him claim two prestigious franchise records – best first class bowling figures (14/62) and fastest List-A fifty (54 off 20 balls).
Frylinck commented that getting that first national call-up was an “honour”.
“I have had a long career and it became a case of never worrying about gaining higher honours,” Frylinck said.
“So with that in mind the call-up initially came as a shock but when it sunk in it was such an amazing feeling!”
It was a busy winter period for Frylinck, who spent a portion of his off-season playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the Trinbago Knight Riders – following the withdrawal of Hashim Amla.
Being involved in an international competition like that the CPL was beneficial to his chances of gaining a international call-up.
“Playing in the CPL didn’t do my chances of selection any harm, it probably helped my cause,” said Frylinck.
“With that said, I think I would put my selection down to how I performed last season and what I was lucky enough to achieve.
“I have always backed myself to be good enough and now we can hopefully see!” an elated Frylinck added.
Frylinck said he was relishing the upcoming two-match series with the Tigers.
“Working on my skills and game plans is something I spend a lot of time on and I guess sticking to what I do best has finally opened the door for me,” he commented.
Proteas T20 international squad:
Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Highveld Lions), AB de Villiers (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Robbie Frylinck (Dolphins), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), David Miller (Knights), Mangaliso Mosehle (Highveld Lions), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans).
T20I fixtures against Bangaldesh:
October 26 – D/N 1st T20I, Mangaung Oval
October 29 – 2nd T20I, Senwes Park