From Durban to the world stage: Cricket star is headed to India with Proteas

From Durban to the world stage: Cricket star is headed to India with Proteas

It's safe to say cricket runs in the veins of Senuran Muthusamy. The cricketer from Westville has been called up for the Test squad by the Proteas, so we knew had to talk to him!

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Down to earth and humble, yet extremely grateful for the opportunity, Senuran Muthusamy gets to live out his childhood dreams. Years of dedication and hard work have paid off, as he gets to follow, if not better, the footsteps of Hashim Amla, Keshav Maharaj, and Tabraiz Shamsi. 

Senuran is currently doing his spinning practice in India before he makes his debut against Virat Kholi's team. Being raised by a single mom, whose guidance and unmoving support has enabled him to fulfill his dream, Senuran is just like everyone else, he likes horses, chai tea, and would get arrested for eating and driving. 

Tell us when your passion for cricket began?

My passion for cricket started when I was a boy. I just thoroughly enjoyed the game and always tried to play. 

What do you do for a living? How do you balance cricket and your professional career?

Cricket is what I do for a living. I am grateful to be able to play professional cricket.

Being raised by a single mom, how instrumental has she been in your life?

My mum has been an incredible figure throughout my life and I'm grateful for all that she has done and sacrificed to help me fulfill my dreams.

Favourite cricketer and why?

Kumar Sangakkara has been someone that I admired growing up. The way he was able to adapt his game to conditions around the world was incredible. He was a strong character and played the game hard.

Thoughts on the Proteas World Cup performance?

Unfortunately, the World cup didn't go according to plan. However, these things happen in sport. All teams endure many highs and lows, that's just how it goes.

Take us back to the moment you got the call that you made the Test squad?

It was an incredible moment. I was really excited, although it took a few days to really sink in. The support has been overwhelming from my friends and family.

How do you plan to use your degree in society?

I haven't thought that far ahead yet but I do still plan on doing my honours degree in media and communication studies at some stage

Causes that are close to your heart?

I haven't got a particular charity or organisation that I'm aligned to but I do try and help out where I can. I do coach at B.E.S.T cricket academy in Overport to try and help the youngsters that are aspiring to play professionally. 

Highlights of your career/life/childhood?

I think the highlight of my cricket career so far has to be the inclusion in the Proteas Test squad for the Test match series against India.

What’s the one random thing people don’t know about you? 

I don't drink soft drinks (random enough, I hope!).

Pineapple on pizza – Yay or Nay?


Which animal would you be and why?

I really like horses. I think they're such beautiful animals.

If you were arrested for one silly act, what would it be?

Probably eating and driving! 

Formal or casual?


Tea or Coffee?

Chai tea

Favourite curry?

Palak paneer

Toilet paper – Over or Under?


Social media platform of your choice? 


Lastly, the best piece of advice you’d give to others?

Just to follow your dreams and never give up. If it means enough to you then you will find a way - there are no excuses.

Wishing you the best of luck Senuran!

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