Baard’s hopes for nam cricket
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 10:45
The young and audacious Stephen Baard hopes to turn the Namibian cricket team into a winning one as he believes all hope is not lost.
Even though the Eagles had it bad at the Desert T20 Challenge in Dubai last month, the aspiring lad is still hopeful for the future.
He says that he expects much more consistent performances which will turn into match-winning performances for the team.
“We did not start the 2016/2017 season well but bounced back and won four out of five games in the Cricket South Africa One Day competition to end top of Pool B by the end of the year. This was also the first time in history that Namibia were top of our log at the Christmas break. Personally, ending second on the competition run-scoring list at that point was also a nice personal milestone to build on for the rest of the season,” said Baard.
Baard won the Player of the Year award at Cricket Namibia’s annual ceremony last year in November and identifies himself as a team player.
” I have never really been someone that focuses on my own performances more than the team’s performances. I work hard on my game to ensure I put my team in a winning position as much as I can. So I hope to expect much more consistent performances which will turn into match-winning performances for the team,” he said.
His career thus far peaked at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Pepsi World Cricket League Division 2 after he finished as a top scorer with 249 runs at an average of 41,50.
Baard also helped Namibia qualify for the World Cricket League (WCL) Championship and the Intercontinental Cup.
The 24 year-old who is inspired by India’s Virat Kohli is a Business Management distance student at the University of South Africa (UNISA).